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How many tickets can you get before you lose your license?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2021 | Traffic Tickets |

Drivers in New Jersey should follow the rules of the road and prioritize safety. Those who make dangerous or illegal driving decisions might get pulled over by the police and face a citation for their choices. 

Each ticket that someone receives will cost them a certain amount of money. It will also add a certain number of points to their license. The state tracks those points and applies penalties when someone has a record of unsafe driving. Eventually, drivers with enough tickets on their records could lose their licenses. 

How many tickets can you have before your license is at risk?

There is not a fixed number of tickets that will cost you your license. It could be as few as three traffic tickets or as many as six. The number of tickets it takes to put your driving privileges at risk depends on the severity of the infraction

Not every ticket in New Jersey is worth the same amount of points. Failing to yield will mean two points, while racing might mean five points. Improper passing on the right or on the shoulder could add four points to your license, while tailgating might add five. Using a phone is a 3-point offense, while speeding ranges from two to five points depending on the situation. 

If you accumulate more than 12 points on your record, you will automatically lose your license. In fact, you will have financial penalties and surcharges after just six points on your driving record. Knowing how the points system works might inspire you to fight that recent traffic ticket.