Missouri Drivers With New York Speeding Tickets

This is a guest blog post written by New York speeding ticket lawyer Adam H. Rosenblum

With summer right around the corner, many drivers are beginning to plan their vacations.

Whether you choose to take a trip to New York or head down south, the following article will help you better understand some of the similarities and differences between New York and Missouri law when it comes to out-of-state speeding tickets.

Driver’s License Compact

Both New York and Missouri signed the Driver’s License Compact. This means NY and MO freely share driver information with one another.

If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a MO driver, contrary to popular belief, MO will be notified about the ticket you received. Likewise, this too applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in MO.

Missouri Drivers

Make no mistake, in Missouri, convictions for out-of-state moving violations will appear on your Missouri driving record and count against you.

This means Missouri drivers will receive points on their licenses for the speeding tickets they receive in New Yorkor other states.

Generally, you will receive the amount of points that you would have been given were you to have been caught speeding in Missouri.

According to the Missouri Point Schedule, regardless of the speed you were traveling, you will receive 2 points for exceeding the posted county or municipal speed limit.

If you exceeded a posted state speed limit, you will receive 3 points.

Therefore, if you receive a New York speeding ticket and you are a Missouri driver, depending on the surrounding circumstances, 3 points might be assessed against you.

Make sure to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can help you plead down to a non-moving violation in order to avoid the negative impact of having points on your license.

New York Drivers

In New York, things are quite different.

If you have a New York driver’s license and receive a Missouri speeding ticket, New York will not add points onto your driver’s license.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, “The NYSDMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by NYS drivers in other jurisdictions.”

However, there are exceptions for alcohol- and drug-related violations as well as moving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario.

Essentially, if you are caught speeding 35 miles over the posted speed limit in Missouri, you will not have a single point added onto your New York driver’s license.

However, your car insurance carrier will have the ability to raise your rates due to the violation you committed (and they almost always do).

Moreover, when it comes to fines, no state can require you to pay double. You can only be required to pay the state in which you received the ticket.

If you got a NY speeding ticket, you will pay the State of New York. If you got a MO speeding ticket, you will pay the State of Missouri.

Practical Differences

In Missouri, if you are caught speeding, you will receive the same amount of points regardless of how fast you were traveling over the posted limit (see the Missouri Point Schedule).

As noted above, if you received a speeding ticket from the state, you will have 3 points added onto your Missouri license.

However, if you were ticketed by a county or municipality, you will have only 2 points assessed against you.

New York’s point schedule is broken down very differently.

In NY, the amount of points a driver receives directly correlates to how many miles over the speed limit he was going:

  • Speeding 1-10 MPH Over Speed Limit: 3 Points
  • Speeding 11-20 MPH Over Speed Limit: 4 Points
  • Speeding 21-30 MPH Over Speed Limit: 6 Points
  • Speeding 31-40 MPH Over Speed Limit: 8 Points
  • Speeding 41 or More MPH Over Speed Limit: 11 Points

Ultimately, if you or a loved one recently received an out-of-state speeding ticket, be sure to contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney today.

Author Bio

Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a New York speeding ticket lawyer.

 

You Can Be Arrested And Your License Suspended If You Fail to Pay a Traffic Ticket

You can be arrested and your driver’s license can be suspended if you fail to pay a traffic ticket fine or if you fail to appear at your court date in Missouri or any other state.

Missouri Courts Can Issue An Arrest Warrant If You Fail to Pay a Speeding Ticket Fine

If you don’t go to court on your court date or if you fail to pay a traffic ticket fine by the due date, the court can file a charge of “Failure to Appear” (FTA) against you. If you miss two court dates, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. To add insult to injury, you may also have to pay an additional FTA fee and a warrant fee, each of which can range from $10 to $100, depending on the court.

Most Courts Don’t Issue Arrest Warrants For Failure to Pay a Traffic Ticket Fine Until After Two Missed Court Dates

Instead of immediately filing an FTA charge, some courts will give you an extension (it’s called a “continuance”), postponing your court date to the next month’s court docket, and some courts will even send a letter reminding you that you missed your court date, but don’t count on this happening.

Here are examples of how some St. Louis area courts treat your failure to appear in court and failure to pay traffic ticket fines:

The St. Louis County Municipal Court (South Division) on Lemay Ferry Drive in St. Louis is one court that does not issue an arrest warrant until after a defendant has missed more than one court date. After you miss your first court date, the court automatically grants a continuance and puts your case on the docket for the following month. If you miss your second court date, an arrest warrant is issued.

Town and Country Municipal Court in Town and Country, Missouri and Creve Coeur Municipal Court in Creve Coeur, Missouri do not immediately issue arrest warrants. After you miss your first court date, both of these courts continue your case to the next month’s docket and send you a letter reminding you of the new court date.

In St. Louis City Municipal Court, some judges will issue an arrest warrant as soon as you miss your first court date; other judges will continue your case to the next month’s docket and add an additional $100.50 FTA fee for Failure to Appear.

Kirkwood Municipal Court in Kirkwood, MO will issue a Failure to Appear charge and charge a $5 FTA fee after you miss your first court date. If you fail to appear at your second court date, Kirkwood will issue an arrest warrant and charge you a $50 warrant fee.

Missouri Courts Can Suspend Your Driver’s License If You Fail to Appear in Court For a Traffic Ticket

After a court reports your Failure to Appear charge or arrest warrant to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR), the DOR will suspend your driver’s license. This type of suspension is called a “FACT” suspension (Failure to Appear in Court for Traffic Violation suspension) or FTA Suspension.

A FACT suspension causes your driver’s license to be suspended until you pay the fine and go through the process of having your license reinstated. In order to get your license reinstated, you will have to pay the court for the speeding ticket fine, court costs, warrant fee, and FTA fee. You will also have to pay a $20 reinstatement fee to the DOR and provide the DOR with a compliance letter or release from the court, proving that you paid the fines and fees. After you have complied with the requirements and your license is reinstated, the FACT Suspension will be removed from your driving record.

Out-of-State FACT Suspensions Stay on Your Missouri Driving Record For 5 Years

Out-of-state FACT suspensions or FTA Suspensions will remain on your Missouri driving record for 5 years from the date that your license is reinstated. So, if you receive a traffic ticket in another state and you fail to appear at your court date or you fail to pay the fine for that ticket, then that state can issue a Failure to Appear charge against you and Missouri will suspend your license until you pay the fine and comply with the other requirements for reinstatement of your license.

The record of the out-of-state FACT suspension will remain on your Missouri driving record for 5 years from the reinstatement date. After those 5 years have passed, you can contact the Missouri Department of Revenue and request that the FACT suspension be removed from your driving record.

Instead of a FACT Suspension, a Court Can Issue a “Lieu of Bail” Hold On Your Driver’s License

Instead of a FACT suspension or FTA Suspension, a court can put a “Lieu of Bail” hold on your driver’s license if you fail to appear in court or pay a traffic ticket fine. A “Lieu of Bail” hold is not a suspension of your driver’s license but it does place a hold on your driving record, preventing you from applying for a new or duplicate driver’s license while the hold is in place.

In order for the Lieu of Bail hold to be removed, you must get a release order or compliance letter from the court, proving that you paid the fine, and submit that proof to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

If You Can’t Afford to Pay the Fine, Ask The Judge About a Payment Plan or Community Service

If you don’t have the money to hire an attorney to get the charges reduced, and if you can’t afford to pay the speeding ticket fine by the due date, then you must go to court on your court date and ask the judge to give you an extension of time (a “continuance”) until the next month’s docket. That will give you approximately one month to raise the money to pay the fine.

Or, you can go to court on the court date and ask the judge to allow you to perform community service to pay off your fine, or ask the judge to put you on a payment plan to pay off your fine over several months. There is no guarantee that the judge will agree to either of these options, but it may be worth a try. If the judge agrees to put you on a payment plan to pay off your fine, you must make each payment by the due date, or else the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.

An Attorney May Be Able To Get Your Speeding Ticket “Fixed” And Cancel Your Arrest Warrant 

A traffic law attorney can negotiate a plea bargain with the court and, in most situations, can get your speeding ticket charge reduced to a lesser offense (sometimes referred to as getting a ticket “fixed”). In many cases, an attorney can also get your arrest warrant cancelled (sometimes this is called getting a warrant “lifted” or “recalled”). Some courts do not cancel warrants unless the defendant pays the bond, but many other courts will cancel a warrant if an attorney files a request with the court. If your warrant is very old, it may be impossible to lift the warrant until you pay the bond.

Contact St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 if you have received an arrest warrant, Failure to Appear charge, or a FACT Suspension. You can also email Andrea by clicking on the email icon at the top of this page, or by filling out the email contact form on the Home page of this website.

 

Out-of-State Traffic Ticket Convictions Will Appear on Your Missouri Driving Record

Convictions for traffic tickets received when traveling outside of your home state of Missouri will appear on your Missouri driving record. Missouri treats traffic ticket convictions that you receive in most other states the same as if those violations had occurred in Missouri, and points will be added to your Missouri driving record for those out-of-state convictions.

Most States Report Traffic Ticket Convictions to the Driver’s Home State

Most states report convictions for speeding tickets and other traffic violations to a driver’s home state because of the Driver License Compact, which requires the states that are members of the Compact to report all license suspensions and convictions for traffic violations and DWI/DUI to the driver’s home state. The Driver License Compact is an agreement among the states to share driver information and convictions for the purpose of promoting highway safety.

Only Two States Do Not Report Convictions to the Driver’s Home State

The states that do not participate in the Driver License Compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. However, Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee are members of the Non-Resident Violator Compact and will report to your home state any conviction information related to your activities in their state.

The two states that are not members of the Compact (Michigan and Wisconsin) do not report convictions to your home state, but they do keep track of any speeding tickets or other traffic violations you incur in their state and may suspend your driving privileges in their state if you accumulate too many violations there.

New York Does Not Add Points To a Driver’s New York Driving Record For Out-Of-State Traffic Tickets

Another exception is New York. If a New York driver receives an out-of-state traffic ticket, New York will not add points to that person’s New York driving record, provided the ticket is not alcohol- or drug-related. However, insurance agents will be able to see the New York driver’s traffic violation that he obtained in another state and they can raise his insurance rates because of it.

New York reports drivers’ traffic violations to New Jersey, but New Jersey only records a maximum of 2 points on the driver’s New Jersey driving record, no matter how many points New York assessed for the traffic violation.

For more information, see my blog post about Missouri drivers with New York speeding tickets.

States May Disagree About Whether a Speeding Ticket is a Point Violation

In some situations, a speeding ticket outside of Missouri may not be considered a point violation by the other state but it may still be a point violation in Missouri.

If you get a speeding ticket in a state other than your home state of Missouri and you decide to not have the ticket “fixed” (meaning, you decide to not hire an attorney in that other state to negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have the ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point infraction) because the traffic violation was not a point violation in that state, then you should be aware that the conviction will be reported to Missouri and points will be added to your driving record if Missouri considers it a point violation.

In other words, you could end up with points added to your Missouri driving record for a speeding ticket or other traffic violation you received in a state where it was not considered a point violation.

Deciphering the Convictions Reported on Your Missouri Driving Record

Each traffic violation has its own code, called an ACD code. For example, a conviction in Kansas for a traffic violation called “inattentive driving” shares the same code as the traffic violation that Missouri calls “careless and imprudent driving.” So, if you are convicted in Kansas of “inattentive driving,” Kansas will report it to your home state of Missouri and it will be recorded on your driving record as “careless and imprudent driving.”

You can contact the court that issued the speeding ticket to find out how the ticket is being coded. Then you can contact the Missouri Department of Revenue or a traffic law attorney licensed in Missouri to determine how a moving violation conviction with that particular code will be treated in your home state of Missouri and how it could affect your driving record.

Consult an Attorney in the State Where You Received the Speeding Ticket

If you are a Missouri driver and you receive a speeding ticket or citation for a traffic violation in a state other than your home state of Missouri, you should consult an attorney in the state where you received the speeding ticket to find out if it is considered a point violation in that state. Then contact the Missouri Department of Revenue or a traffic law attorney licensed in Missouri to find out if the same violation, when reported to Missouri, will cause points to be added to your Missouri driving record.

If the out-of-state ticket is considered a point violation in that other state, you may want to hire an attorney in that state to negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have the ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation so that it is not reported to Missouri and no points are added to your driving record.

Only Convictions for Moving Violations Appear on Missouri Driving Record

Only convictions for moving violations are reported and appear on your Missouri driving record. If you receive a speeding ticket in a state other than your home state of Missouri and you get it amended to a non-moving violation, then nothing will be reported to Missouri and no points will be added to your Missouri driving record.

Your Missouri Driver’s License Will be Suspended or Revoked if You Accumulate Too Many Points

Remember that your driver’s license will be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your Missouri driving record within a certain period of time. If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days, if it’s a first-time suspension. If it’s your second offense, then your license will be suspended for 60 days, and for a third offense, your driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days.

Your driving privileges will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points on your Missouri driving record within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.

How to Find Out How Many Points Are on Your Missouri Driving Record

To find out how many points you currently have on your driving record, call:
The Missouri Department of Revenue
Jefferson City, MO
(573) 526-2407 ext. 2

To learn more about Missouri traffic law, go to our traffic law resources page for links to information regarding Missouri speeding tickets, points, Missouri driver’s licenses, courts, and other traffic-related issues.