Can An Out-Of-State Motorist Take New York’s Driver Safety Class (And Receive Its Benefits)?


HighwayA non-New York license holder can take the New York Driver Safety Class to reduce points from their New York driving record.

New York’s Driver Safety Class is a 6-hour class that removes up to 4 points from a NY driver’s license and can save 10% off of his or her insurance rates. For an out-of-state motorist, New York affords a privilege to drive with that “foreign” license. That privilege can be lost for the same reasons that a New Yorker’s license might be suspended or revoked. New York, therefore, allows out-of-staters to take the same class to reduce their New York point total.

For those non-New York license holders, the motorist should obtain his or her 9-digit Client ID number. This number is assigned by New York’s DMV to any out-of-state motorist who gets a ticket within the state. This ID is associated with their name and date of birth. When registering and taking the Driver Safety Class, it is imperative that the the Client ID be provided to the entity administering the class so proper credit is applied.

Additionally, if an out-of-state motorist has multiple violations, then it is possible for that motorist to be assigned ore than one Client ID number. In such instances, the motorist should ask the NY DMV to merge the two records.

If you are an out-of-state motorist and are faced with New York points, feel free to contact us with any questions. We are happy to help you navigate this process. Further, you should also inquire whether a New York conviction will transfer to your host state. In most states, a New York conviction will transfer.

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  • What is the benefit of merging multiple records, If there are multiple records, the number of points on any one record is reduced. Why should a motorist want a greater number of total points?

    • Eugene,

      This post is not discussing multiple records. Rather, it reports how prosecutors will soon be able to see a person’s original charges as well as conditions. The more expanded record could hurt motorists looking to plea bargain their cases.

      Matthew Weiss


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