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NEW JERSEY POINT SYSTEM

What are motor vehicle points?
Motor Vehicle Services (MVS) tracks your driving behavior by adding points to your record when you are convicted of a moving violation.  The more serious the violation, the more points you are assessed.  The schedule below shows a list of violations and their point values.  MVS points are completely separate from the insurance eligibility points used by NJ Department of Insurance to assess surcharges on insurance payments.

NJSA
Section:
Offense Points
New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway
27:23-29 Moving against traffic 2
27:23-29 Improper passing

4

27:23-29 Unlawful use of median strip 2
All roads and highways
39:3-20 Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph 3
39:4-14.3 Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway 2
39:4-14.3d More than one person on a motorized bicycle 2
39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
39:4-36 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
39:4- 41 Driving through safety zone
2
39:4-52 Racing on highway
5
39:4-55 Improper action or omission on grades and curves
2
39:4-57 Failure to observe direction of officer
2
39:4-66 Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk
2
39:4-66.1 Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway 2
39:4-66.2 Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal
2
39:4-71 Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk
2
39:4-80 Failure to obey direction of officer
2
39:4-81 Failure to observe traffic signals
2
39:4-82 Failure to keep right
2
39:4-82.1 Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider
2
39:4-83 Failure to keep right at intersection 2

39:4-84

Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction
5
39:4-85 Improper passing on right or off roadway
4
39:4-85.1 Wrong way on a one-way street
2
39:4-86 Improper passing in no passing zone
4
39:4-87 Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle
2
39:4-88 Failure to observe traffic lanes
2
39:4-89 Tailgating
5
39:4-90 Failure to yield at intersection 2
39:4-90.1 Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways
2
39:4-91-92 Failure to yield to emergency vehicles
2
39:4-96 Reckless driving
5
39:4-97 Careless driving
2
39:4-97a Destruction of agricultural or recreational property
2
39:4-97.1 Slow speed blocking traffic
2
39:4-97.2 Driving in an unsafe manner (points only assessed for the third or subsequent violation(s) within a five-year period.)
4
39:4-98 Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit 2
39:4-99 Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit
4
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit
5
39:4-105 Failure to stop for traffic light
2
39:4-115 Improper turn at traffic light 3
39:4-119 Failure to stop at flashing red signal
2
39:4-122 Failure to stop for police whistle
2
39:4-123 Improper right or left turn
3
39:4-124 Improper turn from approved turning course
3
39:4-125 Improper U-turn
3
39:4-126 Failure to give proper signal
2
39:4-127 Improper backing or turning in street
2
39:4-127.1 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing
2
39:4-127.2 Improper crossing of bridge
2
39:4-128 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles
2
39:4-128.1 Improper passing of school bus
5
39:4-128.4 Improper passing of frozen dessert truck 4
39:4-129 Leaving the scene of an accident - No personal injury
2
Personal injury
8
39:4-144 Failure to observe stop or yield signs
2
39:5C-1 Racing on highway
5
39:5D-4 Moving violation out of state 2

Will I receive a notice telling me how many points I have?
During the first two years that you are licensed, you're on probation and will receive an advisory notice when you commit your first point violation.  If you receive two or more violations totaling four or more points, you must complete the Probationary Driver Program.

After that, MVS will send advisory notices whenever points assessed violations are added to your driving record and the point total is 6 to 11.

At what point level will MVS take action to suspend my license?
For a total of 12 or more points on your driving record, MVS will issue a notice of scheduled suspension of your driving privilege.

How can points be removed from my current MVS driver status?
Up to three points will be subtracted from your point total for every year of safe driving (no violations or suspensions).  But your point total will never be reduced below zero.

Points are subtracted one year after:

  • your last point violation; or

  • your license was restored; or

  • the last time annual safe driving points were subtracted from your record (whichever is later); or

  • after you complete an MVS driver improvement program, offered to problem drivers selected by MVS.  Credit is given for a maximum of one program every two years.

Up to two points may be subtracted from your total after you complete an MVS approved defensive driving course.  Credit is given for one program every five years.

NOTE: None of these reductions apply to insurance surcharge point totals.

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