How Does the New Jersey Surcharge Violation System Work?


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The New Jersey Surcharge Violation System assesses fines against drivers who build up a poor driving record within a period of three years. The State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission mails the surcharge details to the driver and provides guidelines on how to pay, according to the NJSVS.

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Drivers attract a surcharge if they accumulate more than six points in their New Jersey driving record within three years. As of 2015, six points attract a 150-dollar surcharge and 25 dollars for each additional point. Serious driving violations such as driving while intoxicated or operating an uninsured vehicle also result in a surcharge, says the NJMVC.

The NJMVC mails a billing notice to drivers caught with a driving violation providing a summary of the charges, the amount due and payment options. Drivers who fail to pay within the specified time have their driving privileges suspended. As of 2015, the restoration fee for suspended driving privileges is 100 dollars. Drivers who participate in government benefits programs may be eligible for hardship payment plans.

Drivers owing surcharges have the responsibility to clear their bills even when they relocate from New Jersey; otherwise, the unpaid surcharges may be collected involuntarily via court judgement. According to the NJMVC, every state first reviews driving records through the National Driver Registry before issuing or renewing a driving license.

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