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The Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee

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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 (133)

Edmund Abbott - January 18, 2017 4:56 pm

Good Evening, I am being charged with a failure to blow DRA, however my case was dismissed after 22 months. Do I still have to pay the DRA seeing my case was dismissed?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 18, 2017 10:36 pm

    Edmund Abbott,

    The DRAP is not based on your refusal hearing results but rather it is based on being convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired. It sounds like you were billed the DRAP because you were convicted of one of these charges. If you were so convicted, then you have your answer.

    Matthew Weiss

Johnny J - December 9, 2016 9:37 pm

So i have missed my payment. Now i am wondering what will happen since i missed my assessment pay date by like 5 months. But i was broke and now i can pay. I have 10 points and i receive some piece of paper saying something about $651 i have to pay. It was for speeding and insurance lasps. I am wondering will i have to pay the full amount or can i still make the yearly payments. Please help i need it and i cant find this answer anywhere.

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    Matthew Weiss - December 10, 2016 7:05 am

    Johnny J,

    Since you missed your Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee payment, you are likely suspended. If so, you will need to pay it as well as a $70 Suspension Termination Fee before you can drive.

    Matthew Weiss

Jenniffer.j - November 20, 2016 12:09 am

I have 7 points on my license and 10 more are coming from 5 xtra ticket from officer $375 included the surcharge!! I’m planning to pay!
Im taking a defensive course online trying to clean point on my license! I’m been driving for 1year in ny! What to do?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 20, 2016 11:15 am

    Jenniffer.j,

    I never use all cops but DON’T PAY THOSE 5 TICKETS! Your best bet is to fight them as you likely can save points and avoid a suspension. If you pay them, and end up with 17 points, you will be suspended. Even if you take the Driver Safety Class, this will only get you down to 13 and you will still likely be suspended. Fighting the 5 tickets is clearly your best bet!

    Matthew Weiss

Joshua Beach - October 28, 2016 5:45 pm

I too just received a bill for $375. I haven’t had a ticket since 2006, and just received a bill from DMV. This is just complete BS.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 29, 2016 7:13 am

    Joshua Beach,

    I’m pretty sure that this bill is for the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee. It sounds like you given 7 points back around 2006.

    We often seen belated bills when someone currently is found guilty (or pleads guilty) to an old ticket (usually one for which they were suspended). In that case, the DMV retroactively goes back to calculate the points and, if they total 6+, you get a bill.

    Run your driving record to check if this doesn’t sound familiar.

    Matthew Weiss

Taylor H - July 15, 2016 4:51 pm

Hi Matthew,

I, like Alex N in this comment section, received 6 pts in 17 months from 2006-2008. Eight years later I am just receiving a notification that I have 1 month from the date they printed the letter (not even from when I received it) to produce at least $100 minimum payment. From what I’ve read it looks like there is no recourse, you just pay and wallow in your anger… Having to pay a penalty eight years later doesn’t make you a safer driver. I don’t have any violations since 2008, but paying the penalty now doesn’t make me a safer driver in the past… it would have been effective if I had gotten a notice after the first 4 points, or even after it was too late in 2008 with 6 points. What office or government official would be appropriate to address a letter to about the DRA program/policy? If they feel like the point system and traffic tickets are not enough, why not stiffen those laws? Why add a fee that they can send you at any point in your life going forward for something that may have happened a decade or more ago?

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    Matthew Weiss - July 16, 2016 6:58 am

    Taylor H,

    Answers in bold.

    What office or government official would be appropriate to address a letter to about the DRA program/policy? DMV, the Governor and your local state politicians.

    If they feel like the point system and traffic tickets are not enough, why not stiffen those laws? It’s really a tax to help NYS collect more money.

    Why add a fee that they can send you at any point in your life going forward for something that may have happened a decade or more ago? It wasn’t designed to be billed so belated. Your case is an example of inefficient enforcement.

    Matthew Weiss

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