When we want to travel north, passing through Delaware sometimes can be inevitable. That is why it is so crucial to understand how receiving a Delaware traffic ticket impacts your New York license.
Likewise, New York is a summertime hot-spot for many Delaware residents. As such, it is equally vital to understand the impact on your Delaware license for receiving a New York traffic ticket.
The following article helps clarify the consequences and repercussions of getting an out-of-state traffic ticket if you are a NY or DE license holder.
Driver’s License Compact
Both Delaware and New York have signed the Driver’s License Compact. This means NY and DE freely share driver information with one another.
If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a DE driver, DE will be notified about the ticket you received. This also applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in DE.
If you have a Delaware license and receive an out-of-state traffic ticket, DE has the ability to assess points against your license for the out-of-state violation. Practically speaking, however, this does not always happen.
Some offenses, like DUI/DWI coupled with reckless driving are dealt with harshly in Delaware when committed in another state (i.e. New York) while receiving a minor speeding ticket will not generally put points on your DE license.
Nevertheless, even if points are not tacked onto your license, you face serious consequences.
The offense will still be put on your driving record, will serve as a red flag whenever you get pulled over in or out of DE, will cause your insurance rate to increase, and compel you to pay a fine.
Think about it: hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help get you out of the ticket (while you stay home and do not have to travel) will be well worth the investment.
New York Drivers
If you have a New York driver’s license and receive a Delaware traffic ticket, New York will not typically add points onto your driver’s license.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, “The NYSDMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by NYS drivers in other jurisdictions.”
Nonetheless, NY makes exceptions for alcohol-related violations, drug-related violations, and moving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario. As such, if you are caught speeding in Delaware, points will not be added onto your New York driver’s license. However, your insurance carrier will have the ability to raise your insurance rates due to the violation you committed.
Losing Your Driving Privileges
If you are an out-of-state driver and accrue 11 points or more, you will lose your New York driving privileges.
This accumulation of 11 points will be determined based on the NY point system, not your home state’s point system.
Therefore, if you are caught speeding 41 miles over the posted speed limit or get cited twice for speeding 21-30 miles over the limit, you will no longer be allowed to drive in the State of New York for a specified period of time.
Remember, Delaware will not suspend your driver’s license and NY does not have the authority to suspend an out-of-state driver’s license.
However, since DE and NY are both members of the Driver’s License Compact, DE will honor the “suspension” of your New York driving privileges even though it will not take away your ability to drive elsewhere.
It is worth noting that no state can require you to pay a double fine and you will only be required to pay the state in which you received the ticket.
As such, if you got a NY traffic ticket, you will pay the State of New York. If you got a DE traffic ticket, you will pay the State of Delaware.