Pay insurance lapse civil penalty
Before You Start
- you must have your Suspension Order
- your vehicle must be currently insured
- your insurance lapse must be 90 days or less
How do I pay an Insurance Lapse Civil Penalty?
If you received a Suspension Order for a lapse of automobile liability insurance, you can pay the civil penalty and remove the suspension if
- your insurance lapse is for 90 days or less
- your vehicle must have insurance now
You cannot pay the civil penalty online if
- your insurance lapse is 91 days or more
- you already paid a civil penalty in the past 36 months (3 years)
- there is more than one suspension on your registration record
Your payment does not guarantee that the DMV will restore your registration, or close other suspensions or revocations. It is your responsibility to know if the DMV restored your registration before you drive the vehicle. You can check the status of your driving privilege and vehicle registrations through MyDMV.
The DMV will not automatically send you a new registration document in the mail.
If you do not want to pay the civil penalty, you can surrender your vehicle registration and plates until the suspension period ends.
How much do I need to pay?
Can I pay online?
Yes. You can pay online if your Suspension Order states you are eligible to pay a civil penalty (see a sample insurance letter).
You will need to provide the following information from your suspension order
- the 10 digit document ID number from the suspension order
- your vehicle plate number
- vehicle type (also called class – e.g. PAS, COM)
- the first 3 letters of the registrant’s name
Can I pay by mail?
Yes, but it’s faster to do it online. Follow the instructions on your suspension order. Send the bottom part of the order along with a certified check or money order for the penalty to
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Financial Security Bureau
PO BOX 2725
Albany NY 12220-0725
Can I pay at an office?
Yes, but it’s faster to do it online. Your suspension order will list the closest DMV offices to you where you can pay.
- 1. Your payment is calculated based on the following table
Insurance lapse (in days)
Civil Penalty 1 - 30 days $8 per day 31 - 60 days $10 per day 61-90 days $12 per day
Example 1: If your insurance lapse is 25 days, you may pay a civil penalty of $200 ($8 per day for 25 days) and not turn in your plates, or you must surrender your plates and serve a registration suspension of 25 days.
Example 2: If your insurance lapse is 90 days, you may pay a total penalty of $900 ($8 per day for the first 30 days = $240; plus $10 per day for 31 days to 60 = $300; plus $12 per day for days 61-90 = $360) and not turn in your plates; or you must surrender your plates and serve a registration suspension of 90 days