New York and California – Out of State Traffic Tickets

December 14, 2012

New York and California – Out of State Traffic Tickets

California Drivers with New York Speeding Tickets

If you are from California and plan on driving through New York this holiday season, it’s a good idea to understand some of the basics of New York traffic law. Traffic tickets can attach to your license back home and carry negative consequences if you do not handle them right away. Just because you live in a different state does not automatically excuse you or lessen the punishment if you do not have to take care of your ticket. It is always a good idea to consult an attorney to better understand the consequence in addition to the fines and points on your license.

Will A Traffic Ticket in NY Affect My Driving Privileges in California?

It’s likely (see below). Both New York State and California are members of the Driver’s License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an agreement shared between 45 states across America that allows for driver information and history to be shared freely with one another. This means that although you may be a resident of California, a ticket you receive in NY can affect your license back home. Agreements between the states and how this information can be used against you vary from state to state.

Driving in New York

Will points transfer from NY to California?

If you get a NY traffic ticket and are a resident driver of California, points are almost always assessed against you for the New York state ticket. California usually assesses one point against your driving record for out of state tickets. For NY speeding tickets regardless of how fast you were going when you were pulled over, California will usually assess 1 point against your California license. Serious offenses however, such as driving while having your license suspended, DWIs, and reckless driving, will usually transfer 2 points to your driving record even when the offense was committed in New York.

Do I have to pay the fine for a ticket I got in NY?

Fines and court fees are owed to the court which has jurisdiction over your case. When you are handed a traffic ticket in New York, the ticket itself doubles as a summons to appear in court. The court that will be hearing your case is usually listed on the ticket. Fines and related court fees are owed to the court that is listed. You will never be double-fined (i.e. California cannot collect a fine for your NY traffic ticket and vice versa).

Can My License Be Suspended?

New York law holds that if you accumulate 11 points or more, you will lose your driving privileges in the state of New York. Although NY will not confiscate your California license, your privileges for all intents and purposes will be suspended in New York and you should not operate a vehicle in New York.

Driving in California

What if I am a New York Licensed Driver and Got A Ticket in California?

The good news for New York drivers is that many out of state tickets will not amount to points on your New York license. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles does not record out-of-state violations committed by New York drivers. However an exception applies in the case of DWIs and certain other serious driving violations.

Will An Out Of State Ticket Affect My Insurance?

As noted above all fines and fees are due to the court that is hearing your case. With the Driver’s License Compact any information reported to the home state can be communicated with your insurance company. It is important to realize that car insurance premiums can increase with out of state tickets.

Who Should I Call For Help?

Make sure to contact an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer to help you avoid the fallout of an out-of-state speeding ticket. Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a traffic ticket attorney licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

We would like to thank Attorney Adam H. Rosenblum, one of New York State’s most renowned Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyers for his very informative contribution to our blog.


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