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My daughter is a resident of Edmonton, Alberta and has received a speeding ticket in New York State. If she pays the fine, will there be any demerit points assigned to her Canadian driver's license? If she accumulates too many speeding tickets and pays all the fines, is it possible that NYS could suspend her driving privileges within NYS?


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No, for demerit points being assigned in Alberta, but yes that New York could suspend your daughter's license if she gets too many tickets.

We contacted the Ministry of Service Alberta who told us that their current policy is to NOT add conviction information for traffic offenses received by their drivers in the United States to Alberta driving records so demerit points are not assigned.

Now in New York, your daughter could have her driving privilege suspended there, since the state does keep track of her traffic ticket convictions, even though she has an out-of-state (in her case out-of-country) driver's license.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) told us that if a driver accumulates tickets and points in New York that individual, even though from out-of-state, still must abide by New York State licensing laws and requirements, such as:

  • If the individual acquires six (6) or more points within and 18 month period, they will be responsible for a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee (DRA). If the individual chooses not to pay it, their privilege to drive in New York State will be suspended until the DRA is paid.
  • If an individual accumulates 11 or more points within an 18 month period, they will be suspended and have a $50.00 suspension termination fee to pay.
  • If an individual receives 3 speeding tickets and or misdemeanors within an 18 month period their privilege to drive in New York State will be revoked, they may be eligible for a restricted privilege providing they did not have one within four (4) years of the current violation.

The New York State DMV does create driving records for out-of-state drivers who have been convicted of New York traffic tickets, and keeps track of them in order to hand out the driver assessment fee or a driving suspension when the state laws call for it.

While your daughter could get license sanctions in New York if she continues to rack up speeding or other traffic tickets, luckily in Alberta, Canada her license will not reflect these violations, and thus her car insurance rates there should not be affected.

Even without these offenses going on her Canadian driver's license, she may still want to shop around for more affordable car insurance. She can get started with Canadian car insurance quotes here.


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