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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 (274)

phillip shands - April 24, 2017 2:07 pm

Good afternoon.i have a driving with no insurance issue thats been on my record since i was 17,im now 45,wich is crazy,i cleared up a few tickets i had but never paid the civil fine which is 500.00 dollars .
My question is once i pay the civil fine and clear the 500.00 of my records, ican i apply for my permit tight away are do i hqve too serve a year suspension afterwards? Are will they take into consideration that my license has been suspended for over 25 years.
Yhanks for listen im in nys !!

    Matthew Weiss - April 25, 2017 8:54 am

    Philip Shands,

    Good news! Once you pay all fees that are owed, you should be able to start the process to apply for your new license.

    Matthew Weiss

ryan brown - April 19, 2017 7:59 pm

hello Mr. Matthew
i got a ticket for disobeyed traffic device on July 10, 2015 convicted July 24,2015 i paid it and i got my 2 points its now pass 18 months today APRIL 19,2017 i decided to order an abstract and i still see 2 points what i would like to know is how come this points haven’t disappear as yet its passed the 18 months already…

    Matthew Weiss - April 19, 2017 9:57 pm

    ryan brown,

    Even though this 2015 conviction appears on your record, the points from it no longer count going forward.

    It will no longer appear on your driving record in about 5-6 years.

    Matthew Weiss

Carles - April 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Question, i owe 1200.00 in parking tickets an they suspended my license, if i get the amount under 350.00 does it get unsuspended?

    Matthew Weiss - April 19, 2017 10:01 pm


    Until you pay whatever is owed and causing the suspensions, your license will remain suspended.

    Matthew Weiss

Matt Grossmann - April 19, 2017 4:42 pm

I drive truck for a living and when I see a job listing that states a “clean license” is required, is my license considered clean? I got a ticket about 2 years ago now in my personal vehicle that if I remember correctly added 2 points to my license. If it is “off” my DMV record after 18 months but still there otherwise, does it show up when a potential employer runs my license?

    Matthew Weiss - April 19, 2017 10:00 pm

    Matt Grossmann,

    The definition of “clean” depends on the company posting that listing. For DMV purposes, “clean” means no points within 18 months.

    Matthew Weiss

Christopher Wenger - April 13, 2017 10:33 pm

why is it that in Long Island you can settle a ticket with no points and in NYC even thou you pay the ticket you still get the points??

    Matthew Weiss - April 13, 2017 11:34 pm

    Christopher Wenger,

    New York City (and Rochester) traffic courts are handled by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). At the TVB, they do not plea bargain so all hearings end up with either a guilty or not guilty determination. Outside TVB (including Long Island), you can plea bargain.

    Matthew Weiss

B. Gray - April 10, 2017 5:47 pm


I have a speeding ticket in the Bronx, I also plead not guilty .
How much you would charge me for legal representation on this ticket?/

Please give me a feedback.


    Matthew Weiss - April 11, 2017 7:19 am

    B. Gray,

    We charge a flat fee to fight all traffic cases. This covers everything including entering a not guilty plea, scheduling your case, re-scheduling (if necessary), obtaining the best result we can (either by plea or following a trial) and obtaining a dismissal or other receipt. Our usual flat fee is $350 for most speeding tickets. Feel free to email us your ticket with a return phone number, and we’ll call you to provide a free consultation.

    Matthew Weiss

M T A - April 8, 2017 9:00 pm

Dear Matthew,
i have received a ticket back in Jan 2015, the policeman mistaken my Ecig for a cellphone, although upon stopping me immediately, he saw that i have wired headphone in my ears, the cellphone is locked in the dashboard mount, and in my hand the Ecig, he still ticketed me, so for the next 8 months i was trying to fight this ticket by trying to schedule a hearing online, but the system never showed that ticket as registered or valid ticket, and today, Apr 8,2017 i received this notice that ask me to pay that ticket or else my licence will be suspended, on the 4\24\2017, and if i want to fight it, i must appear in person,
my question is, why now? and why it took this long, and is there a time that the ticket expire if was lost and found after 2 years?
Thank You.

    Matthew Weiss - April 8, 2017 11:32 pm


    Such a delay is unusual but not un-precedented. Unfortunately, there is no right to a speedy trial for traffic tickets in New York. Sorry.

    Matthew Weiss

jacob - April 4, 2017 8:48 pm

My conviction happened 3 years after the violation. Do the Points I recv at the time of conviction have any affect anymore?

    Matthew Weiss - April 5, 2017 6:26 pm


    The points for your 3-year old case are added to your total retroactively to the date of offense. Therefore, they only will hurt you for DMV purposes if you have other points within 18-months of the date of offense. For insurance purposes, this conviction can adversely affect your rates depending on the nature of the conviction and your driving record. This conviction can affect your rates for 36 month from the date of conviction.

    Matthew Weiss

Mike - April 1, 2017 11:56 pm

Can someone please explain the logic of having points showing on your abstract but they are not actually your point total….IF you get a 5 point ticket April 1 2017 and 18 months passes and those points are gone for the purpose of your point total, WHY does the abstract still list that you have 5 points for insurance purposes… I think we all renew our insurance on a 6 month interval so that’s a minimum of 2 cycles that your insurance can increase your rates…which should be enough for an offence that is minor one, can I get an attorney to have the convictions taken off so I can keep the insurance companies from ripping me off?

    Matthew Weiss - April 2, 2017 6:57 am


    A conviction can be used again you for insurance purposes for 36 months from the date of conviction. Thereafter, they cannot be used again you.

    With that said, DMV keeps convictions on your record even longer (roughly 5 years), in part, so that traffic court judges can see a full history of the drivers before them.

    Matthew Weiss

Isaac - March 29, 2017 5:22 pm

I got 2 tickets in Brooklyn: a ticket for going through a red light and a ticket for failure to yield to pedestrian , given at the same traffic stop. They are 6 points total. The court date was next week but I just received a letter saying it’s postponed for another year, so now the court date is more than 18 months from date of offense. Do the points drop after 18 months?

If yes, would it be necessary to hire an attorney at that point if I dont have to worry about any points? I understand there will be fees involved.

    Matthew Weiss - March 30, 2017 12:32 am


    The points do not “drop” after 18 months. As my article states, points count for 18 months from the date of offense. If you are convicted, for example, 19 months afterwards, the points are retroactively added to your record back to the date of offense.

    Matthew Weiss

Allan P - March 28, 2017 10:38 pm

I was pulled over on the Belt Parkway last week for Speeding (allegedly doing 25 over the speed limit) which I know carries a minimum of 6 points. What i was wondering is that if i plea not guilty does the ticket/points go on my record right away or does it stay off until i am found guilty?
If an employer where to look up my driving record tomorrow would they be able to see the ticket or not is what i am basically asking.

Thanks! – Allan P

    Matthew Weiss - March 28, 2017 10:58 pm

    Allan P,

    Only closed cases (guilty cases) go on your driver’s record.

    Matthew Weiss

Stephen Freeman - March 28, 2017 4:36 pm

I got a Dui in NY about 10 years ago and I am trying to get my license renewed and I am out of state and never had a NY license- will I have to pay all the fines and tickets too get the revocation lifted? Or do some of the tickets get dismissed after a certain time?

    Matthew Weiss - March 28, 2017 10:57 pm

    Stephen Freeman,

    You need to pay or clear up any and all open suspensions on your record.

    Matthew Weiss

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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