|New York Point Reduction Course Benefits
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Q. After I complete
the PIRP course, how do I receive the NY point reduction?
A. The PIRP sponsor will notify the DMV within ten weeks after
complete the course. A notice will then be entered on your driving
record, and the DMV computer will automatically reduce your active
point total by up to four points. Important: Completion of a
under the "Point & Insurance Reduction Program" does not remove,
delete, subtract, or erase any violation, conviction, or notice of
original number of points from your driving record. Even after
complete the course, most violations, conviction and points assessed
will continue to show on your driving record for up to four years.
Violations and convictions involving drugs or alcohol will remain on
your driving record for ten years. "Point reduction" means the DMV will
not count up to four points on your driving record toward license
revocation or suspension.
Q. How do I know my
driving record shows my PIRP course completion?
A. If you need to verify the course completion has been entered
your record, you may request a copy of your driving record from the
DMV. To do so, you must complete a "Request for Driver and/or Vehicle
Record Information" (form MV-15), available at any motor vehicle
office. You may also download this form from the DMV internet
If your course completion is not noted on your driving record more than
ten weeks after you completed it, contact the course sponsor.
Q. What effect does
this New York point reduction course have on my license and driving
A. Point reduction applies only to points assessed for violations
occurred within the eighteen months immediately before course
completion. It does not affect points for earlier violations, and
cannot be used as "credit" against future violations or points.
Point reduction cannot reduce your point total lower than zero.
If your license has already been revoked or suspended, or if a
violation hearing has already been scheduled, point reduction will not
affect that action.
Point reduction does not prevent or cancel a mandatory revocation or
suspension for violations such as DWI, DWAI, or three speeding
violations within 18 months.
Points may be reduced only once in any 18-month period. The NY DMV
point system and insurance company "point" systems are separate and not
related. Point reduction on your driving record does not affect points
assigned by your insurance company for violations and accidents.
Completion of a course under the "Point & Insurance Reduction
Program" also cannot prevent or reduce the calculation of points
affecting a "Driver Responsibility Assessment." The most recent
information about the "Driver Responsibility Assessment" program is
available from the DMV Internet Office.
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