Whether you are traveling to Baltimore to visit the inner harbor or driving out to New York to see a Broadway show, it is crucial for you to understand the similarities and subtle differences concerning both MD’s and NY’s approach to out-of-state traffic tickets.
Driver’s License Compact
Both Maryland and New York have signed onto the Driver’s License Compact. This means NY and MD freely share driver information with one another.
If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a MD driver, MD will be notified about the ticket you received. This also applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in MD.
Maryland Drivers with NY Tickets
For all minor out-of-state traffic offenses, MD will not add points onto your driver’s license.
This means you can receive a NY speeding ticket and not a single point will be put onto your MD driving record.
However, if you commit a serious out-of-state traffic offense, MD will put points on your license.
The following out-of-state offenses constitute major violations and will result in points being assessed against you:
- Manslaughter or Negligent Homicide Resulting from the Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- DUI/DWI or Any Drug- or Alcohol-Related Offense
- Any Felony in Which a Motor Vehicle is Used
- Failure to Stop and Render Aid in the Event of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death or Personal Injury
Nevertheless, even if points are not tacked onto your license, you still face serious consequences.
The offense will be put on your driving record, will serve as a red flag whenever you get pulled over in or out of MD, will cause your insurance rate to increase, and compel you to pay a fine.
New York Drivers with Maryland Tickets
New York treats out-of-state traffic offenses very similarly.
If you have a New York driver’s license and receive a Maryland 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, andmoving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario.
As such, if you are caught speeding in Maryland, 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 in New York
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, Maryland 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 MD and NY are both members of the Driver’s License Compact, MD will honor the “suspension” of your New York driving privileges even though it will not take away your ability to drive elsewhere.
Traffic Ticket Fines
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 MD traffic ticket, you will pay the State of Maryland.
New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a traffic ticket attorney licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey. He can be reached via e-mail or at 888-883-5529.