In 2004, New York State started the Driver Responsibility Program. The purpose of the program is to place an additional financial burden on drivers who accumulate a certain number of points from tickets issued in New York. The fees imposed as a result of this program are significant and should be part of your decision making process when determining whether to fight a New York traffic ticket and whether to hire an attorney.
You will be liable for this assessment whether you have a New York license or a license from another state. Anyone who drives in New York is subject to this penalty.
You must pay the driver responsibility assessment if any of the following incidents occur in New York State:
- You receive six or more points on your NYS driver record during a period of 18 months and the violations occurred on or after November 18, 2004
- You are convicted of an alcohol-related traffic violation (DUI) and the violation occurred on or after November 18, 2004 (includes boats and snowmobiles)
- You are convicted of a drug-related traffic violation and the violation occurred on or after November 18, 2004 (includes boats and snowmobiles)
- A DMV hearing determines that you refused a chemical test and the refusal occurred on or after November 18, 2004 (includes boats and snowmobiles)
If you receive six points on your driver record during a period of 18 months, the annual assessment is $100/yr for three years ($300 total). If you receive more than six points, there is an additional assessment of $25/yr for three years for each point above six ($75 total). As an example, if you accumulate nine points, you will have to pay $300 for the first six points and $225 for the next three points ($75*3) for a total of $525.
If you are convicted of a traffic violation that is alcohol-related or drug-related (DUI), or if you refuse a chemical test, the annual assessment is $250. The minimum amount that you must pay each year is the annual assessment. The total assessment for the three years is $750.