Losing the Driving Privilege

As required by New Jersey law, a motorist’s driving privileges will be suspended for some violations. These laws are designed to protect every driver. Thorough knowledge of New Jersey’s traffic laws is necessary for every driver.

Failure by a motorist to pay motor vehicle-related judgments rendered because of personal injury or death, or damage to property in excess of $500, will result in driver license and registration suspension.

Depending on a driver’s history of traffic violations, a suspension or revocation of driving privileges could occur. Suspensions are decided on a case-by-case basis. If the sentence is not mandatory, the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), or the court, may suspend driving privileges.


  • Failure to appear in court or to pay fines
  • Failure to pay surcharges
  • Driving while suspended
  • Failure to provide proof of insurance
  • Physical or mental disqualification
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Repeated traffic law violations
  • Reckless driving (without regard for life or property)
  • Vehicle abandonment on a public highway
  • At fault in a fatal accident

The M.V.C.’s Chief Administrator may require a reexamination of any driver considered a problem driver. This reexamination will help to determine whether driving privileges will be suspended.