Points and Surcharges for Traffic Offenses in New Jersey

New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway
NJSA Section Offense Points
27:23-29 Moving against traffic 2
27:23-29 Improper passing 4
27:23-29 Unlawful use of median strip 2
All roads and highways
NJSA Section Offense Points
39:3-20 Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph 3
39:4-14.3 Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway 2
39:4-14.3d More than one person on a motorized bicycle 2
39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
39:4-36 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk;
passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk
39:4- 41 Driving through safety zone 2
39:4-52 Racing on highway 5
39:4-55 Improper action or omission on grades and curves 2
39:4-57 Failure to observe direction of officer 2
39:4-66 Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk 2
39:4-66.1 Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while
entering or leaving highway
39:4-66.2 Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal 2
39:4-71 Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk 2
39:4-80 Failure to obey direction of officer 2
39:4-81 Failure to observe traffic signals 2
39:4-82 Failure to keep right 2
39:4-82.1 Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider 2
39:4-83 Failure to keep right at intersection 2
39:4-84 Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction 5
39:4-85 Improper passing on right or off roadway 4
39:4-85.1 Wrong way on a one-way street 2
39:4-86 Improper passing in no passing zone 4
39:4-87 Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle 2
39:4-88 Failure to observe traffic lanes 2
39:4-89 Tailgating 5
39:4-90 Failure to yield at intersection 2
39:4-90.1 Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways 2
39:4-91-92 Failure to yield to emergency vehicles 2
39:4-96 Reckless driving 5
39:4-97 Careless driving 2
39:4-97a Destruction of agricultural or recreational property 2
39:4-97.1 Slow speed blocking traffic 2
39:4-97.2 Driving in an unsafe manner (points only assessed for the
third or subsequent violation(s) within a five-year period.)
39:4-98 Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit 2
39:4-99 Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit
39:4-105 Failure to stop for traffic light 2
39:4-115 Improper turn at traffic light 3
39:4-119 Failure to stop at flashing red signal 2
39:4-122 Failure to stop for police whistle 2
39:4-123 Improper right or left turn 3
39:4-124 Improper turn from approved turning course 3
39:4-125 Improper U-turn 3
39:4-126 Failure to give proper signal 2
39:4-127 Improper backing or turning in street 2
39:4-127.1 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing 2
39:4-127.2 Improper crossing of bridge 2
39:4-128 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles 2
39:4-128.1 Improper passing of school bus 5
39:4-128.4 Improper passing of frozen dessert truck 4
39:4-129 Leaving the scene of an accident – No personal injury
Personal injury
39:4-144 Failure to observe stop or yield signs 2
39:5C-1 Racing on highway 5
39:5D-4 Moving violation out of state 2

Reproduced below is a list of points assessed by the Division of Motor Vehicles for motor vehicle offenses in New Jersey. Also, reproduced, is a schedule of surcharges which applies to offenses in New Jersey. Although we try to keep the list current, a current list can be found at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s web site at: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/


If you are assigned points on your Driver License, you will have to pay point surcharges (see below) in addition to any court-imposed fines and penalties.

  • Surcharges remain operational as long as a motorist has six or more points on record resulting from violations posted in the preceding three years.
  • The point total is based on the date the violations are posted to your record, not the date when the violations occurred.
  • If the surcharge is not paid, MVC will suspend all driving privileges indefinitely and take judgment action filed in the state Superior Court, which may include securing a lien against any real property that you own, a garnishment of your wages, or other similar actions.

Point surcharges:

  • $150 for six points, and (effective July 1, 2004)
  • $25 for each additional point

Additional surcharges:

  • $100 for driving while unlicensed
  • $250 for driving while suspended
  • $100 for failing to insure a MOPED
  • $250 for operating an uninsured vehicle
  • $250 for pleading guilty to unsafe driving (court-imposed surcharge)
  • $1000 a year for three years for driving while intoxicated or refusing to take the breathalizer (first and second offenses).
  • $1000 a year for three years for driving while intoxicated or refusing to take the breathalizer (third offense).