The New York Driver Responsibility Assessment

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New York began its Driver Responsibility Program in 2004. The goal was to place an additional financial burden on drivers who accumulated a set number of points due to receiving specific New York traffic tickets.

You will have to pay the NY driver responsibility assessment if:

  • You get 6 or more points in an 18 month period of time
  • You get convicted of a drug- or alcohol-related traffic violation (e.g. DUI/DWI, etc.)
  • A DMV hearing concludes that you refused to submit to a chemical test

However, a good traffic ticket attorney will be able to negotiate a favorable plea with the prosecutor, which can help you avoid paying this assessment entirely. The amount of money that the state imposes due to the driver responsibility program is quite large. It is crucial to understand that this assessment will be imposed against out-of-state drivers as well. In other words, anyone who drives in NY can potentially be subjected to this penalty.

How much Does the Driver Responsibility Assessment cost?

  • If you get 6 points in 18 months, the assessment will be $100 per year for 3 years.
  • If you get more than 6 points in 18 months, an additional $25 per year will be charged for each additional point you receive. This means 1 extra point will cost you $75 more (since the assessment lasts for 3 years).
  • If you get convicted of a drug- or alcohol-related offense or you refuse to submit to a chemical test, the assessment will be $250 per year for 3 years.

Think about it: aside from getting points on your license, paying a fine, and dealing with an insurance hike, you could now face this additional cost if you get a NY traffic ticket.Ultimately, the small cost of hiring an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney is well worth avoiding these astronomical expenses.

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This post was written by Adam H. Rosenblum Esq.

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  • April
    September 2, 2018

    My situation is 13yrs old,and too complicated to explain here,but I wonder if you could help,?

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 5, 2018

      April – you may reach us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529. We look forward to assisting you.

  • Mohammed Hamdi
    November 2, 2016

    I have a Michigan license, I got a ticket two months ago when I was driving in NYS and I paid it. Now I receive a suspension order from the dmv of NYS informs me to suspend my license unless I pay 300$. Is this suspension will be in all states or especially for driving in NYS?

    • RLF Attorneys
      November 2, 2016

      Suspensions transfer between the states, and I strongly suggest you contact the NY DMV to bring your license up to date.

  • Lillian
    December 3, 2014

    We live in Quebec. My son got 2 speeding tickets in April 2006 (extenuation circumstances) and the tickets were paid.

    Last week, 8 1/2 years later, I got a New York Driver Responsibility Assessment statement saying I owed them $450 because we got 8 points for those 2 tickets.

    The letter states the sections 1199 and 503 (4) of the Vehicle Violation and Traffic Law indicates that the assessments are billed annually for a 3 year period.

    Do they have the right to bill me 8 1/2 years later ?

    Thank you.
    Is there no statute of limitations on this ?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      December 4, 2014

      Unfortunately there is no statute of limitations on imposing the Driver Responsibility Assessment against your son. Generally, once the DMV imposes it you can either pay it all at once or in installments. Not paying the assessment will result in a suspension of your son’s driving privileges in NY. As you can see first hand, the negative consequences of a guilty plea can continue for years. These negative consequences- the points, the DMV surcharges, the violation on your record, and insurance rate increases- can be avoided by pleading not guilty and fighting the ticket from the start. If you would like to have the violation removed from your son’s record and receive a refund of the amount you pay to the NY DMV for the driver responsibility assessment as well as the amount you paid to the court for the fine, we can help. You can call us at 888-883-5529 for a free consult to discuss this process.