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    How Points Affect You

    If you receive a traffic ticket and are convicted of a moving violation points are assessed for each conviction. The worse the offense, the more points will be assessed against your license by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). For fewer points you may be assessed a surcharge; if you continue to accumulate points, the MVC is empowered to suspend your driving privileges. Points are not assigned to your driving record for parking tickets.

    Types of Points

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

    • Failure to keep right at an intersection: 2 points
    • Improper turn at a traffic light: 3 points
    • Improper passing in a no passing zone: 4 points
    • Tailgating: 5 points

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

    Check Your Drivers License Status

    From time to time you should get a copy of your driving record to see if your license is in good standing and find out how many points are on your driving record.

    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 based on an excessive number of points or a serious driving infraction.

    The MVC makes it convenient to pay your surcharge:

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

    Suspensions

    Your driver’s license can be suspended by the MVC for a variety of reasons, including getting 12 or more points on your driving record. If your driver’s license has been suspended, you must:

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

    How to Lower Points

    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 complete violation-free, 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 license.
    • Every 5 years, you can remove 2 points from your total by completing a Defensive Driving Course.
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