License and Registration Suspensions in New Jersey

To drive legally in New Jersey, you must carry adequate car insurance. If you're caught driving without coverage, you could face serious penalties, including fines and license or registration suspension. Below we describe the steps you'll need to follow to reinstate your license and registration after they've been suspended.

License or Registration Suspended for Driving Without Insurance

Drivers in New Jersey are required to purchase either a Basic or Standard auto insurance policy, as defined by the state, in order to drive legally. If you're unable to provide proof of insurance after an officer requests it, you will receive a fine and have 24 hours to prove that you are covered. If you fail to provide proof of insurance within that time frame, it will be presumed that you do not carry an auto insurance policy. Those caught driving without insurance coverage will see their licenses suspended for a mandatory minimum of one year, in addition to other penalties.

Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in New Jersey

  • Your license will be suspended for one year.
  • Your vehicle will be impounded, and you'll have to pay a $100 fee to retrieve it.
  • You will receive a fine of between $300 and $1,000.
  • You'll need to pay an annual surcharge of $250 for the next three years
  • Depending on the severity of the incident, you could also face mandatory community service, which would be determined by a court.

In addition to these penalties, you could struggle to get car insurance from a major provider after your suspension period is over. Instead, you may have to turn to a non-standard auto insurance company, or New Jersey's Personal Automobile Insurance Plan (PAIP) to purchase coverage. Finally, if this is your second or subsequent offense of driving without insurance, you may receive higher fines and see more severe legal ramifications, such as jail time.

How To Reinstate Your License or Registration in New Jersey

Once you've completed your suspension period and paid any associated fines, you may reinstate your license and registration. To do this, you must pay a $100 reinstatement fee, which you can submit in one of three ways.

Payment MethodDetails
OnlineSubmit Payment
At your local motor vehicle agencyFind an MVA near you
By mailing a check or money orderInclude the bottom portion of your suspension notice and make it payable to the NJMVC. Mail to:
  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
  • P.O. Box 140
  • Trenton, NJ 08650-0140
If you do not have the bottom portion of your suspension notice, mail your payment to this address instead:
  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commision
  • P.O. Box 134
  • Trenton, NJ 08650-0134

Include your driver's license number with your payment and proof of payment for any additional tickets or fines associated with your suspension. After the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) processes your payment, you'll receive a notice of restoration in the mail. If your license expired or was surrendered during your suspension, you'll need to follow the same process as you would to renew or obtain a new license.

What Happens After Your Restoration?

After your suspension period is over and you've reinstated your license and registration, you may be subject to a one-year probationary period. If, during this one-year probationary period, you commit another violation, you will face the following suspension terms.

ViolationSuspension
First violation
Within six months90 days
Within seven to nine months60 days
Within 10 to 12 months45 days
Second violation
Within six months180 days
Within seven to nine months120 days
Within 10 to 12 months90 days
Third violation
Within three yearsUp to three years

Other Causes for License and Registration Suspension

In addition to driving without auto insurance, your license and registration may be suspended if you earn too many eligibility points on your license. Eligibility points can be earned for committing violations such as reckless or drunken driving, excessive speeding, or fleeing the scene of an accident.

Point Penalties

Points are applied to your license due to traffic violations you have commited. If you earn six or more points within three years, you will receive a surcharge from the New Jersey Surcharge Violation System (NJSVS). Your surcharge will equal $150 for the first six points, plus $25 for each additional point, and you may have to pay this surcharge for up to three years.

If you earn 12 or more points, your license will be suspended. Details about the suspension will be explained in a notice of scheduled suspension, which you'll receive by mail. In addition to fines and potential suspension, any points you earn may increase your auto insurance rates.

How To Remove Points from Your Current Driving Record

AccomplishmentPoints DeductedConditions
Drive for one year without any violations or suspensions.3The year begins on the date of your most recent violation or restoration.
Complete a Defensive Driving Program.2Can only be used to deduct points once every five years.
Complete a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).3Can only be used to deduct points once every two years in response to action proposed by the MVC.
Complete a Probationary Driver Program (PDP).3Can only be used once if ordered by the MVC.

To reinstate your license or registration after it was suspended due to an excess of points, you'll need to follow the same steps as you would if you were caught driving without insurance. Pay all associated fines, complete the suspension period and submit your license restoration fee to the New Jersey MVC.

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