How many points before you lose your license?
License suspensions in New Jersey have serious consequences.
If you get too many points on your license, your license may get suspended. However, you may be eligible to have points reduced by either waiting a period of time or enrolling in defensive driving course.
Traffic violations are not only expensive, but they raise your insurance premiums.
We’ve published this article to help answer many of your questions regarding license suspensions.
How are points deducted?
License suspensions work under a “point system”.
If you go one year (from the date of the most recent violation) without any points or violations, three points will be deducted from your license.
Once you order your driver history abstract, it is important to look at New Jersey’s Traffic violations “Point Schedule”.
Here you will be able to check the violations for your points. If there is a mistake and you don’t remember committing a certain NJ traffic violation, please call us.
How many points will suspend my driving privilege?
Every time you plead guilty or are convicted of a traffic violation, you may “get points”.
Whether or not you get points depends on the type of traffic violation.
Your driving privileges will be suspended once you accumulate 12 or more points on your license.
In order to reinstate your license, you will be required to pay a restoration fee of $100.00. In addition to paying a “restoration fee”, you may have to appear for a hearing. Part of getting your license back involves the successful completion of an MVC managed Driver Improvement Program. There is also a fee for this program.
If i lose my license, can i get a work license in new jersey?
Unfortunately, New Jersey is one of the few states that does not offer a work license.
If you are facing a DWI/DUI, it is very important to fight your case. Convictions for drunk driving carry heavy penalties and lengthy license suspensions.
Will a DWI affect my employment?
Our NJ Traffic violation lawyers have written an entire article on this subject.
Check it out: DWI Convictions Affect Employment In Limited Ways
points i already have?
If you’re unsure how many points you have on your license, you may request a certified copy of your driver history abstract (driver record) online, send a request through the mail; or you may visit a full-service motor vehicle agency.
We’ve made things easy for you.
Here’s the complete Application for Driver History Abstract (Form DO-21).
A $15 fee will apply for each record request.
points i'm facing?
All roads and highways
Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph
Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway
More than one person on a motorized bicycle
Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk
Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk
Driving through safety zone
Racing on highway
Improper action or omission on grades and curves
Failure to observe direction of officer
Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk
Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway
Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal
Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk
Failure to obey direction of officer
Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)
*No points assessed for red light camera violation
Failure to keep right
Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider
Failure to keep right at intersection
Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction
Improper passing on right or off roadway
Wrong way on a one-way street
Improper passing in no passing zone
Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle
Failure to observe traffic lanes
Failure to yield at intersection
Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways
Failure to yield to emergency vehicles
Destruction of agricultural or recreational property
Slow speed blocking traffic
Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)
Use of a handheld cellphone or electronic communication device while driving
3 Points are assessed against 3rd offense occurring within 10 years of a second offense and all subsequent offenses thereafter.*
Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit
Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit
Failure to stop for traffic light
Improper turn at traffic light
Failure to stop at flashing red signal
Failure to stop for police whistle
Improper right or left turn
Improper turn from approved turning course
Failure to give proper signal
Improper backing or turning in street
Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing
Improper crossing of bridge
Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles
Improper passing of school bus
Improper passing of frozen dessert truck
Leaving the scene of an accident –
no personal injury
Failure to observe stop or yield signs
Racing on highway
Moving violation committed out-of-state