New Jersey MVC Points System: What is It? How does it Work?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Committing a traffic violation can add points to your driving record. In New Jersey, the Motor Vehicle Commission has a point system that if you accumulate too many points because of traffic infractions can lead to your license suspended. The points system starts with two and goes up to five. If you received six or more points in three years, you must pay a surcharge annually for three years. Here is a list of violations that may result in accumulating points on your driving record:
  • Driving under the influence (DUI or DWI)
  • Operating a vehicle without a license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Drinking alcohol under the age of 21
  • Drug-related charges

New Jersey Point Violations

The points you receive on your driving record will vary according to the traffic infraction. The NJ MVC has a point system that will result in the violation you commit. Here is a list violation that will add two points to your driving record:
  • Failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian
  • Disregarding a traffic signal
  • Proceeding through a stop or yield sign
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Driving too slow and blocking traffic
  • Exceeding the speed limit from 1 to 14 mph
  • Not stopping for a traffic light
  • Moving violation
Three-point Violations and above Three points or more are given for more severe offenses. Here are some examples that will let you gain three points:
  • Illegal U-turn: 3 points
  • Passing in a no passing zone: 4 points
  • Disobeying right or left turn: 3 points
  • Reckless driving: 5 points
  • Speeding over 15 to 29 mph: 4 points
  • Speeding over 30 mph: 5 points
  • Attempting or passing a stopped school bus: 5 points
  • An accident resulting in personal injury: 8 points

How to Remove Points

The NJ MVC gives drivers the option to remove points from their driver’s record. You can remove points after some time but cannot remove all at once. You may be able to remove up to three points after one year if:
  • You have a moving violation
  • You had 0 violations for at least one year
  • Complete an approved driving improvement program
  • Complete a defensive driving course to remove two points
However, you can only remove points every five years.