Point System

If you are convicted of a violation that occurred while your car was moving (e.g. speeding, failing to stop for a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, etc), points will be assigned to you based on a schedule adopted by the New York State legislature. If you accumulate three speeding violations or 11 points within an 18-month period, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license. If you accumulate 6 or more points within an 18 month period (which could result from just 1 conviction of 21 mph over the speed limit), you will have to pay the NY State driver assessment fee of $100.00 per year for 3 years plus $25.00 for each additional point accumulated, to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The number of points attributed to various infractions are as follows:

Violation Points
Speeding (mph over posted limit)

 - 1 to 10 3
 - 11 to 20 4
 - 21 to 30 6
 - 31 to 40 8
  - More than 40 11
Reckless Driving 5
Failing to stop for school bus 5
Using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving 5
Following too closely (tailgating) 4
Inadequate brakes 4
Inadequate brakes (while driving employer's vehicle) 2
Failing to yield right-of-way 3
Violation of traffic signal, stop sign or yield sign 3
Railroad crossing violation 3
Improper passing or lane use 3
Leaving scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to an animal 3
Child safety restraint violation 3
Any other moving violation 2