If you are an out of state driver, you may want to know whether or not a traffic ticket you received in New Jersey will transfer points to your home state license. The answer to this question is quite often never a simple yes or no answer. The reason for this is the state of New Jersey may or may not exchange violation information with your home state.

If you are an out of state driver and you receive a traffic violation in the state of New Jersey, you may decide to just pay the ticket, which is the equivalent of a guilty plea, or you may decide to go to court and try to work it out with the prosecutor. According to Traffic School Online, working it out with the prosecutor obtains a zero point amendment in the state of New Jersey. However, that might not be the end of it for you because the state of New Jersey will notify your home state of the results of that disposition.

Your home state can, quite frankly, take a couple of positions. First, they can disregard the violation and assign no points to you. So if you just pay the ticket and get the points in New Jersey, your state may not impose any points on your license. Secondly, they can take the position that they are going to give you the equivalent of the violation in the home state. This means that if you go to court on a simple two point ticket for careless driving, the prosecutor may amend it to obstructing traffic, which are zero point amendments in the state of New Jersey.

This article does not offer legal counsel.