New York, NY asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey

Q: If i received a ticket in NJ for a hand held device but my licence is from NY. Do they go by NJ rules or NY? Any point?

Want to know if they follow NJ rule of just a warning and a fine or NY rule and i get points on mu license?

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Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The Driver License Compact is an interstate agreement between 45 states to exchange information about license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents, including DUI offenses. Its theme is "One Driver, One License, One Record."

The five non-member states are Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Tennessee. All other states, and the District of Columbia, are members.

So what does it mean if your state has (or has not) signed on to the Driver License Compact? Here are a few DLC provisions and how they can affect

Driver License Compact

Under the DLC, an out-of-state vehicular offense will affect your driving record as if it had been committed in your home state.

The major provisions of the DLC include:

"One driver license." You must surrender an out-of-state driver's license when you apply for a new license.

"One driver record." Your home state must maintain a complete record for each driver to determine your driving eligibility in your home state, as well as your driving privileges in other states.

Reporting. Any information about an out-of-state traffic violation will be reported back to your home state.

Uniformity. Your home state will treat an out-of-state offense as if it had been committed at home. Essentially, your home state's law will apply to your out-of-state offense.

Equivalent statute. Your home state can't penalize you for an out-of-state offense unless there's an equivalent offense on the books in your home state. If your state doesn't have a statute that's equivalent to the other state's law, then no action can be taken.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: It is a no point ticket in NJ for a first or second offense and 3 points for a third offense in NJ plus up to 90 days suspension of your drivers license. As for how it will effect you in NY you need to speak to a NY lawyer.

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