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.
|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.