How A New York Traffic Ticket Impacts a Probationary License

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If you are age 18 or older when you pass your road test for a driver license, or obtain a license following a revocation, you will be on probation for six months.

If you are convicted of any of the following offenses while on probation, your license will be suspended for 60 days.

  • Speeding (any speed)
  • Reckless driving
  • Tailgating (or following too closely)
  • Participating in a speed contest;
  • Illegal use of a cell phone while driving (effective 7/13)
  • Texting or other illegal use of an electronic device while driving (effective 7/13);
  • Any other two moving violations

When the revocation or suspension ends, you will be on probation for another six months. If you are found guilty of committing one of the above violations, or two other moving violations during a second probation period, your license will be revoked for at least six months. When the revocation or suspension ends, you will be on probation for another six months.

Your license will be suspended for 90 days if you are convicted of driving while ability impaired (DWAI) by alcohol or drugs during probation, or revoked for at least six months for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Even if you complete an approved Drinking Driver Program in fewer days, your license suspension or revocation will continue until the end of the scheduled period of suspension or revocation.