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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 (230)

taxi driver - February 19, 2017 12:56 pm

Hi Mr. Weiss
I`ve asked (13 of february) if I should be affraid about my Medallion License. What more info you need to anwer?
Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - February 19, 2017 5:09 pm

    Taxi Driver,

    Perhaps you missed it but I answered your question. Below is what I wrote:

    “Because the dates of offense for all 3 tickets are within 18 months of each, you will have a total of 7 DMV points if you plead guilty to the new one (or fight it and lose). However, for TLC purposes, points are counted from the date of conviction (not date of offense) and the time period is only 15 months. Bottom line: I do not have enough info to answer this question for TLC purposes.”

    Matthew Weiss

Jeff - February 16, 2017 6:58 pm

I got a ticket for a stop sign over 3 years ago and the court date was postponed twice I have a herring this week after 3 years once I go for my herring is that ticket still on my license if I’m guilty PS how long does it stay on your license

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    Matthew Weiss - February 17, 2017 9:57 am

    Jeff,

    As this article states, points remain your record for 18 months from the date of offense and will appear on your record for roughly 5 years from the date of conviction. Since your ticket was issued 3 years ago, if you lose or plead guilty, the 3-points from the stop sign ticket will not count going forward. The DMV will retroactively go back to 3 years ago to see how many points within 18 months you had if and when you lose the stop sign ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

taxi driver - February 13, 2017 4:42 pm

Hi Mr. Weiss
I`m a taxi driver.
I`ve got ticket on 08/12/2015 (2 points). Next one I`ve got 06/23/2016 (3 points). Last one I`ve got 01/29/2017 (2 points) but I didn`t plead guilty or not guilty yet. I can do that on 03/14/2017. My question is how many points I will have if I plead quilty on 02/14/2017 (5 or 7). I`m affraid if I will have more then 6 points TLC can suspended my license for 1 month.
Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - February 13, 2017 10:40 pm

    Taxi Driver,

    Because the dates of offense for all 3 tickets are within 18 months of each, you will have a total of 7 DMV points if you plead guilty to the new one (or fight it and lose). However, for TLC purposes, points are counted from the date of conviction (not date of offense) and the time period is only 15 months. Bottom line: I do not have enough info to answer this question for TLC purposes.

    Matthew Weiss

Mo Yusuf - February 9, 2017 7:21 pm

Hi Matthew,

I have a question. I was recently turned down for a very good job at the US postal due to the fact i have points on my license. Being an uber driver in NYC, i got a few tickets because of negligent mistake such as making right turns unexpectedly and one for speeding. I recently took a defensive driving course and 4 points was suppose to be deducted from my abstract. When i got disqualified for the job, i pulled my abstract and notice one violation from 4/14 is still on there showing 2 points and one speeding ticket which the defensive driving shouldve taken care of still shows. How can i fix this to show only 4 points only ( which it should be ). please help me.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 10, 2017 8:13 am

    Mo Yusuf,

    Taking the class allows the DMV to deduct 4 points from your current total of points but will NOT remove the convictions from your record.

    Matthew Weiss

Elvin - February 7, 2017 1:06 pm

I driving and the police caught me talking at the phone and gave me a ticket. How I can dismiss this ticket? This is my first time offense.

Thanks

Elvin

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    Matthew Weiss - February 7, 2017 3:06 pm

    Elvin,

    The only realistic way to get this ticket dismissed is to request a hearing or trial, and win. If this ticket was issued outside of New York City and Rochester, then you can plead not guilty and try to negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Danny Lopez - February 5, 2017 10:20 pm

Hello, I received a ticket on June 23, 2014 for my child not wearing his seat belt. My citation has been re-schedule by the officer 3 times already, this is why the violation date is so far behind, however, my citation date is finally on Feb 7, 2017. At the time of the violation my child was 3 years old, my child did had his seat belt on. After telling my child multiple times to stay still and not to remove his seat belt, he did otherwise and a police officer saw him, I was giving a ticket for such, which is 3 points in my license. I have some papers from school that proves that my child receives special education and that he has responsiveness problems. My child also takes speech therapy at the school. Is there any chance of winning this case with this papers that proves my argument.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 5, 2017 11:21 pm

    Danny Lopez,

    Of course, it is possible but it might be difficult.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Mukesh Parikh - January 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Hi Mr. Weiss,

I was given a ticket for cell phone use. I was at a red light stop and trying to access navigation on my cell phone to go to a nearby store where I did not know the exact location to. However, I was completely stopped and not driving while doing so. That’s when the police saw me and gave me a ticket. I have a very good driving history and this is my first ticket ever. What do you think I can do? Any chances of me to explain the situation to the judge? How bad is my situation in terms of points and damage to my record? How long will it last? And does this have major affects on my insurance?If I do any driving course, will it help in removing this from the record and reducing points? Any advice?

Thank you for all your help!

Mark

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    Matthew Weiss - January 31, 2017 12:16 pm

    Mukesh Parikh,

    Answers below in bold:

    What do you think I can do? Plead not guilty.

    Any chances of me to explain the situation to the judge? Yes, if you can prove to the judge’s satisfaction that you were not “in motion” when you used your device, you should win.

    How bad is my situation in terms of points and damage to my record? An electronic device ticket carries 5 points and roughly a $200 fine.

    How long will it last? For DMV point purposes, 18 months from the date of offense (if you are convicted, of course).

    And does this have major affects on my insurance? No affect if you have any otherwise clean record for the past 36 months, and do not get another conviction or accident going forward for 36 months.

    If I do any driving course, will it help in removing this from the record and reducing points? Yes, the NYS Driver Safety Class will remove up to 4 points from your record.

    Any advice? Plead not guilty and try and convince the judge that you were not “in motion” and, therefore, did not violate VTL 1225d.

    Matthew Weiss

jimmy - January 30, 2017 1:39 am

Hi Mr. Weiss

Got a ticket for making a U-turn. There wasn’t any signs saying to not make a U-turn. How bad is it going to be?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 30, 2017 11:09 am

    Jimmy,

    This ticket carries 2 points and roughly a $150 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Harkirat Singh - January 24, 2017 3:24 pm

Hi Mathew,
I got a ticket last year for driving without license. As I wasn’t physically carrying the ny state license at that time. The cop gave me a ticket for unlicensed operation. I am fairly new in the United States so after I got the ticket I paid for it online. Later I found out that all I had to do was to send DMV a copy of my driving license and it would have taken care of that. But now that it shows in my record I cannot get insurance. Is there anyway I can have it removed? As I did have a driving license but I wasn’t carrying it at that time

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    Matthew Weiss - January 24, 2017 9:37 pm

    Harkirat Singh,

    It is likely way too late to appeal your guilty plea. Sorry.

    Perhaps show your insurance company that you, in fact, were insured.

    Matthew Weiss

Ricky Singhraghu - January 23, 2017 3:58 pm

I had very old tickets dating back from 2009-2011 and convicted during the same period as well, i didnt pay it off these tickets until 2013, of course my license was suspended during that period due to non-payment and no shows. I have been reinstated with full privileges since Aug. 2013 but having a really rough time finding work since my abstract shows all my old tickets and I am a cdl driver, well atleast i used to be. Outstanding overdue bills, owed money to various people but of course police and judges only care about making the city money and getting good pensions and a little less than a less to the guy making his living driving. Long sad story short, with this info I’ve provided is there a time limit or period where my abstract won’t show anything on my abstract? Ive been a good boy since, fingers cross/knock on wood. no tickets since..lol

Thanks,
Ricky Siraghor

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    Matthew Weiss - January 23, 2017 5:48 pm

    Ricky Singhraghu,

    Your convictions and suspensions will no longer appear on your abstract after about 5 years from the last activity for each.

    Matthew Weiss

Shawn - January 19, 2017 10:12 am

I got a ticket a few months ago for being on my phone and texting (I wasn’t I was just closing my gps app) and I guess I got pulled over at the worst time when the police saw me look down to close it. Looking at the ticket, I’m guessing it’s a Use of portable electronic device (“texting”) since it’s 5 points. Is there any way I have a chance of fighting the ticket?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 21, 2017 7:51 am

    Shawn,

    You can certainly plead not guilty. In fact, this is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable result. With that said, closing a GPS app while driving constitutes “use” under the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

    Matthew Weiss

Not all cops are bad - December 28, 2016 6:50 pm

I got a ticket on march 8, 2013 cop stated when he pulled me over that he was chasing me from laguardia airport I had only gotten on from the northern blvd which was no where near the cop stated he “chase” me he than said got me going 95/50 which I wasn’t cop has pushed ticket back twice now what the the chance of me winning this case and I have a witness who was following me where I got on the grand central and that I wasn’t going that fast

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    Matthew Weiss - December 29, 2016 7:08 am

    Not all cops are bad,

    Despite having a witness, your chances of me winning this case are very low. Speeding tickets issued in New York City are adjudicated by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB), a department of the DMV. There are all types of rules that make it hard for motorists to win at the TVB including “no plea bargaining”. Further, this is a VERY serious ticket and could result in your license being suspended. You should consult with (if not retain) an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

Radisa Mladenovic - December 20, 2016 9:44 pm

Hi Matthew I needed information how i remove all points from my driver licence…

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    Matthew Weiss - December 21, 2016 11:00 am

    adisa Mladenovic,

    You can remove points from your record. However, over time, they will not count and over more time they will no longer appear on your driving record. You CAN take a NYS Driver Safety Class which will allow you to deduct up to 4 points from your current point total (although the convictions will still be visible on your record).

    Matthew Weiss

Ezequiel reyes - December 17, 2016 6:10 pm

Hi, I have 3 conviction on my license
Is there any way to get it out of my driving
License record ? I trying to get a job as a driver but they have declined me cause of this convictions please key know, thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - December 18, 2016 1:27 pm

    Ezequiel Reyes,

    You cannot remove a conviction. However, after roughly 5 years, it will no longer appear on your driving record. You can take the NYS Driver Safety Class which will remove up to 4 points from your license record.

    Matthew Weiss

Amanda - December 5, 2016 2:56 pm

I stayed at a friend’s house two hours away in Millbrook NY and he told me to park my car out front overnight. I left in the morning to find a parking ticket tucked in my door. 🙁 I went that morning to the town court and filled out a not guilty plea and left it with them. Two months later I just received a letter telling me to show up to a pretrial conference next month, failure to appear will result in suspension of my license (I have two points on my license for failure to have headlights on in a flurry once.) For a parking ticket! The catch is my car was parked out there at 9am, I didn’t see any signs, and the officer wrote on the ticket that it was 9 PM which hadn’t even came about yet. Do you think if I show up and say the ticket was written incorrectly and I didn’t see any signs that it could be dropped? Also is the suspension thing real or is that a standard thing they put on all letters? Thanks for the service you do for all the commenters!!

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    Matthew Weiss - December 5, 2016 3:28 pm

    Amanda,

    You need to go back and see if there are any signs in the area. If not, take photos and fight the ticket.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

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