As in all other states, drivers who violate traffic laws are given a citation. The state of New York also adds points to their driving record. Points can add up if a driver commits multiple traffic violations. The Driver Violation Point System (DVPS) allows the DMV to keep accurate records of driver infractions.
By keeping records, the DMV can monitor drivers that are considered high-risk. Those who operate vehicles in the state of New York are allotted a maximum number of points before the DMV takes further action beyond a traffic citation or point accumulation. In this case, the maximum number of points a driver can amass is 11.
How Are Points Calculated?
Three things determine how the DMV adds points to a driving record:
1. You must be convicted of the violation
2. Points accrue starting from violation date, NOT conviction date
3. Points accrued in the last 18 months are added to the point total
Examples of Points Assigned for Traffic Violations
The points system is based on a wide range of traffic violations. Notable examples include:
• 3 to 11 points: Speeding (depends on the amount over the limit)
• 3 Points: Failing to yield right-of-way
• 3 Points: Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage only)
• 5 Points: Reckless driving
• 5 Points: Railroad crossing violation
• 5 Points: Using a cell phone while driving
Examples of Points That are NOT Assigned for Traffic Violations
• Bicycle violation
• Pedestrian violation
• Parking violation
• Unregistered, unlicensed, or uninsured driving
• Weight or emissions violation
Point Removal on Drivers License
Drivers who acquire points on their record may enroll for a DMV – approved Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). The program will prevent you from getting your license suspended or revoked if you accumulate more than 11 points on your driving record within an 18-month period. You can reduce your record by up to four points by taking the course. The points will immediately be removed from your record with no wait time once you complete the course.
How Long Do Points Stay on the Record?
A traffic violation remains on a New York driver’s record for three years after the conviction was passed.
Driver receives a ticket on April 1st, 2017, he or she will soon await the conviction.
If the conviction comes through on May 1st, 2017, then the points will be wiped off the record on May 1st, 2020.
The following year, the violation is wiped from the driver’s record.
Therefore, the record is cleared of the conviction on May 1st, 2021.
Although the points are kept on a driver’s record for three years, they are not used for accumulation purposes, but rather for assessment of the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Points accumulated for a suspension or revocation are only done so in any 18-month period. Therefore, if a receives a conviction for a violation on May 1st, 2021, the points for that violation can only be used against the driver until November 1st, 2022.
There are exceptions to the above rule. For instance, an alcohol-related or other DUI-related offense will remain on a driver’s record for ten years. Multiple DUI offenses can accrue more severe penalties. Any suspension or revocation of a license will remain on a driver’s record for up to four years. Serious offenses cannot be forgiven by safety driving courses.