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How the Driver Responsibility Assessment works in New York

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2022 | Traffic Violations

If you receive citations or tickets in New York, there is a point when you may have to undergo the Driver Responsibility Assessment.

This is a fee that must be paid to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles over a period of three years. Learn more about this and when it applies to your situation below.

What is the Driver Responsibility Assessment?

In New York, the DRA is a fee to pay to the DMV. You must pay it if you have accumulated six or more points on your license in the past 18 months. It’s important to note that there are penalties, surcharges and fines associated with traffic tickets and convictions you must pay, as well. The fee you are required to pay depends on the citation you have received.

What is the purpose of the DRA?

The purpose of the DRA is to encourage those who receive traffic citations not to repeat the behavior that caused them to begin with. The DMV also hopes that this will help improve overall traffic safety in the state.

What happens if you don’t pay the assessed fee?

If you fail to pay the fee that you are assessed, then your driver’s license will be suspended. This is true no matter if you have a learner’s permit or a traditional license.

Protecting your driving rights in New York

If you have received citations or tickets in New York, it’s important to take steps to maintain your ability to drive. This means that you must pay for any citations or tickets you receive in a timely manner. Failure to do so can lead to consequences, so make sure you know your rights and take steps to protect yourself. 

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