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How Long Does A NY Traffic Ticket Stay On My Driving Record?

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Comments (250)

Greg - March 25, 2017 10:26 pm

Hello, I have an extensive abstract record for tickets i received as a kid (15 years old) when i did not have a drivers license. When i became a responsible adult i took action and faced all of these suspensions and tickets at the dmv paying almost $5,000.00 to finally obtain a drivers license at the age of 25. I have lost out on many many job opportunities because of this extensive record and no one takes into consideration that these offenses occurred in 2005 and 2006. It only shows that they were paid in 2014 and now this record i feel like will haunt me forever. Is there anything i can do? Thank you for your time!

    Matthew Weiss - March 26, 2017 12:01 am


    Your record is your record so, at this point, there is nothing you can do to change it. Sorry.

    You can take a NYS Driver Safety Class to show that you are serious about reforming your past (actually very past) driving transgressions.

    Matthew Weiss

Antonio - March 22, 2017 7:36 pm

Hello, I have a new promotion pending on my MVR. Unfortunately, I received two 4 point speeding tickets, one in July 2014 and the other August 2015 that are being held against me. The company does not care that I was able to remove 4 points by taking a defensive driving course. Is there any way to get one of the incidents removed from my abstract slightly earlier?

    Matthew Weiss - March 23, 2017 8:36 am


    Once you are convicted, these speeding ticket are a permanent part of your record. They cannot be deleted. With that said, after 5-6 years, they will no longer appear on your abstract.

    Matthew Weiss

Daniel Bolaños - March 19, 2017 6:25 pm

Hello. In 2009 I got a speeding ticket on the highway going from Niagara to NYC in some county in NY State (I think it was Orange county) while I was staying in the US in a J-1 VISA. Then from NYC I plead guilty but 2 days later I returned to my country. When I was already in my country I got a letter from the county’s court to pay the fine, but the only way to do it was cash, so paying for it would have been more expensive than the fine itself, so I decided to forget about it. Now, on November 2016 I got a tourist Visa to the US but now I am wandering if I would have any issues when entering the US, since I will likely be arriving to a NY state airport. I mean, would I have any driving record issue? Or warrant? Would they ask me to pay the fine on arrival? Would they try to take me to jail? Or would they deny me entry to US? What if I try another state’s port of entry? Thanks a lot for your help!

    Matthew Weiss - March 20, 2017 7:48 am

    Daniel Bolaños,

    This unpaid fine could cause you some issues. I recommend, therefore, that you arrange to clear it before your arrive.

    Email me if you want to discuss further.

    Matthew Weiss

Michael - March 12, 2017 2:18 pm

I have a New Jersey license and received a cell phone ticket in Manhatten in 2015. Is there any way to remove it?

Heather - March 11, 2017 11:02 am

I recently got a handheld device ticket in Suffolk County. I was looking at my Waze on my phone. Anyway I plead guilty and paid a fine. How do I know if points were issued ?

Thanks! Heather

    Matthew Weiss - March 11, 2017 10:21 pm


    You will get 5 points. You confirm it by getting an updated copy of your driving record.

    Matthew Weiss

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