DMV Point System in New Jersey

Driving Record Points in New Jersey

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will add points to your driving record when you commit both major and minor traffic offenses. Major traffic offenses generally come with higher driving record points.

On this page you'll find a general overview of the New Jersey point system and some of the common consequences of receiving too many driving record points.

If you have specific questions about your NJ driving record and the points you've incurred, please contact the New Jersey MVC.

How Points Affect You in New Jersey

If you receive a traffic ticket and are convicted of a moving violation, points will be assessed to your driving record. The worse the offense, the more points the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will give you. When you accrue points, you may also be assessed a surcharge; if you continue to accumulate points, the New Jersey MVC is empowered to suspend your driving privileges.

Points are not assigned to your driving record for parking tickets.

Types of Driving Record Points & Violations

Points are assigned a value based on the seriousness of the offense. Some examples of violation codes and their point assignments include:

  • Failure to keep right at an intersection: 2 points.
  • Improper turn at a traffic light: 3 points.
  • Improper passing: 4 points.
  • Tailgating: 5 points.
  • Speeding: 2 points to 5 points (Depending how much over the speed limit you were driving)

While you do not acquire points (at this time) for using a handheld device or texting while driving; the fines are stiff: $100 for a first offense.

You can find the complete list of offenses and points on the NJ MVC website or by reading the New Jersey Driver’s Manual, Chapter 7: Driving Privileges and Penalties.

Check Your NJ Drivers License Status

From time to time you should get a copy of your driving record to see if your New Jersey driver's license is in good standing and find out how many points you currently have.

New Jersey Driver's License Surcharges

A surcharge is a fee that is computed on an annual basis that can be charged to you in addition to court fines and fees. Your surcharge will be based on the number of excessive points you have on your New Jersey driving record or if you've been conviction of a serious driving violation.

The NJ MVC makes it convenient to pay your surcharge:

  • Online through its payment center.
  • By telephone using your credit card: (888) 651-9999.
  • By mail with a check or money order to:
    • NJSVS
      P.O. Box 4850
      Trenton, NJ 08650

NJ Driver's License Suspensions

Your New Jersey driver’s license can be suspended by the MVC for a variety of reasons, including getting 12 points or more on your driving record.

Read more about suspensions on our page devoted to suspended licenses.

How to Lower Points in New Jersey

All point violations will always show up on your permanent driver history, but point removal is possible.

For example, the point totals on your current driver status will go down the longer you go without another ticket, and for each year you go without committing a violation, 3 points will be deducted from your total.

For more reductions, you can:

  • Enroll in a driver improvement program every 2 years to subtract 3 points from your driving record.
  • Remove 2 points from your total every 5 years, by completing a defensive driving course.

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