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Pay driver civil penalty

Before You Start

You cannot use this transaction to pay a civil penalty if your vehicle registration was suspended for a lapse in automobile liability insurance.

Your name and address must be up to date with DMV.

You can pay a driver civil penalty online, by mail or at a DMV office. 


What is a driver civil penalty?

A driver civil penalty is a fine you must pay to DMV for certain offenses before your license or driving privilege can be restored after a suspension or revocation. This fine is in addition to any other fines, penalties or surcharges that you must pay for a traffic conviction.  The purpose of the driver civil penalty is to prevent the repeated behavior of problem drivers and to improve traffic safety.  The quickest and easiest way to pay a driver civil penalty is online.


Who must pay a driver civil penalty?

You must pay a driver civil penalty if

or,

if your driver license or driving privilege was revoked because

  • you refused to take a chemical test for alcohol or drugs
  • you operated or permitted the operation of a motor vehicle without automobile liability insurance
  • you operated a motor vehicle involved in a traffic crash and the vehicle was not covered by automobile liability insurance


How much is the driver civil penalty?

The amount of a civil penalty varies based on the reason for the suspension or revocation.  You may owe more than one civil penalty.

Violation

Penalty

1st violation of Zero Tolerance Law

$125

2nd violation of Zero Tolerance Law

$125

Chemical Test Refusal

$500 1

Chemical Test Refusal (Commercial Drivers)

$550 2

Chemical Test Refusal within five years of a previous DWI-related charge/Chemical Test Refusal

$750 3

Chemical Test Refusal within five years of a previous DWI-related charge/Chemical Test Refusal (Commercial Drivers)

$750 4

Chemical Test Refusal - Zero Tolerance Law violation

$500

Chemical Test Refusal -
Second or subsequent Zero Tolerance Law violation

$750

Uninsured accident

$750 5

Operated or permitted operation of an uninsured vehicle

$750 6

 

How do I pay the driver civil penalty online?

You can pay a driver civil penalty online using a credit or debit card. 7  Your name and address on DMV records must be correct.  Create a MyDMV account to verify or change your address.    

To pay a driver civil penalty online, you must provide

  • the last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • your Client ID Number from your NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card (see where to find information on your driver license), or
  • your full name, date of birth and gender

do-it-now

If your driver license is revoked, payment of the driver civil penalty does not restore your privilege to drive.  You must request and receive approval from DMV to restore your license or driving privilege unless your revocation was for an uninsured accident. If your revocation was for an uninsured accident, you must contact the DMV Insurance Services Bureau. 8

If you are suspended for a violation of the Zero tolerance law, you must wait until the suspension period ends, pay a suspension termination fee and have a valid driver license before you can legally drive.  To check if you have a valid driver license, create a MyDMV account and use our MyLicense service.


Can I pay more than one civil penalty online?

Yes, you can pay multiple civil penalties per transaction. You are not required to pay all of your civil penalties in one transaction, but you cannot be approved for a new driver license or restoration of your driving privilege until all the civil penalties you owe are paid. You can return to the transaction later to pay additional civil penalties.


Can I pay a driver civil penalty by mail?

Yes, but much it’s much faster and easier online.

To pay a driver civil penalty by mail for uninsured operation or uninsured accident, send a certified check or money order payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles” to:

Insurance Services Bureau
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 332B
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 474-0700

To pay a driver civil penalty by mail for a chemical test refusal or violation of the Zero Tolerance Law, send a certified check or money order payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles” to:

Driver Improvement Unit
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 338
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 474-0774, Option #5 (Phone Hours: M-F, 8:30 – Noon)
FAX (518) 474-6208


Can I pay the driver civil penalty by phone? 

You can pay by phone, but you may experience lengthy wait times and there is an added convenience fee.  It’s much faster and easier to pay online.


Can I pay the driver civil penalty at a DMV office?

You can pay the driver civil penalty at the office listed on your suspension or revocation order, but it’s much faster and easier to pay online. 

 

  • 1. This is the civil penalty amount effective 11/1/2006. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between January 1, 1981 and June 30, 1990, the civil penalty is $100
    • if the order was issued between July 1, 1990 and October 31, 1996, the civil penalty is $200
    • if the order was issued between November 1, 1996 and October 31, 2006, the civil penalty is $300
  • 2. This is the civil penalty amount effective November 1, 2006. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between November 1, 1992 and October 31, 1996, the civil penalty is $250
    • if the order was issued between November 1, 1996 and October 31, 2006, the civil penalty is $350
  • 3. This is the civil penalty amount effective November 1, 1996. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between September 1, 1983 and June 30, 1990, the civil penalty is $250
    • if the order was issued between July 1, 1990 and October 31, 1996, the civil penalty is $500

  • 4. This is the civil penalty amount effective November 1, 1996. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between July 1, 1990 and October 31, 1996, the civil penalty is $500

  • 5. This is the civil penalty amount effective May 13, 2003. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between June 1, 1972 and April 30, 1989, the civil penalty is $300
    • if the order was issued between May 1, 1989 and May 14, 2003, the civil penalty is $500

  • 6. This is the civil penalty amount effective May 13, 2003. If your order was issued before that date, the civil penalty depends on the date of the order.
    • if the order was issued between June 1, 1972 and April 30, 1989, the civil penalty is $300
    • if the order was issued between May 1, 1989 and May 14, 2003, the civil penalty is $500.

  • 7.

    The DMV accepts:

    • American Express® Card
    • Discover Card®/Novus®
    • MasterCard®
    • MasterCard® Debit card without personal identification number (PIN)
    • VISA® Card
    • Visa Debit Card without personal identification number (PIN)
  • 8. Contact information: 

    Insurance Services Bureau
    NYS DMV
    6 Empire State Plaza, Room 332B
    Albany, NY 12228
    (518) 474-0700

Before You Start

You cannot use this transaction to pay a civil penalty if your vehicle registration was suspended for a lapse in automobile liability insurance.

Your name and address must be up to date with DMV.

Do it by phone

You can pay a driver civil penalty by phone, but you must pay a convenience fee may and may experience a lengthy wait time.  It’s faster and easier to do it online.

Do it by mail

You must pay by certified check or money order.

For uninsured operation or uninsured accident, mail to:

Insurance Services Bureau
NYS DMV
Room 332
Albany NY 12228

For chemical test refusal or Zero Tolerance Law violation, mail to: 

Driver Improvement Bureau
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY   12228

Do it at the DMV

You can pay a driver civil penalty at the office listed on your suspension or revocation order.