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  • Penalties and Fines in New Jersey

    Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you break New Jersey traffic laws, your driving privileges could be suspended or revoked resulting in fines and even imprisonment. The seriousness of your violations – and resulting penalties – are tracked by MVC using a point system.
    If you are convicted of a moving violation in NJ, MVC will penalize you by adding points to your driving record. You will only get points on your record for moving violations – points are not assessed for parking and other violations. A table is provided for more information on the number of points earned for specific violations.


    How do points affect you?

    • If you get six or more points within three years on your current driving record, you will be assessed a surcharge
    • If you get 12 or more points on your current driving record, your license will be suspended. You will receive a notice of scheduled suspension by mail
    • Getting points on your license may also increase your insurance rates. Contact your insurance agent for details

    How can I get rid of points on my record?
    Although MVC keeps a permanent record of all the points you’ve earned, it is possible to earn point deductions by remaining violation and suspension-free for one year or by taking qualified driving courses approved by MVC. Call a New Jersey Traffic Lawyer today for more details.

    Note: Your insurance company might not factor these deductions into your insurance rate.

    Deduction Points Restrictions
    One year with no violations or suspensions -3 Year begins on date of violation or most recent restoration
    Defensive Driving Program -2 May be used to subtract points once every five years
    Driver Improvement Program -3 May be used to subtract points once every two years
    Probationary Driver Program -3

    *If you receive three license suspensions within a three-year period may lose your license for up to three years.