Seeking a dismissal or reduction without appearing in Court On all submissions please include a daytime contact phone number
Only violations of NYSVTL Sections 306, 319, 401, 403, 509 are eligible for dismissal or reduced fine submission by mail
For the following NYS VTL moving violations, if the motorist had a valid license, registration, inspection or insurance at the time the ticket was issued, provide by mail the documentation described below, along with a check or money order payable to NCTPVA, if applicable to "NCTPVA -Reduction/Dismissal by mail, 16 Cooper Street, Hempstead NY 11550. A self-addressed stamped envelope should also be included.
Violation 319-1 Operating/Permitting Operation w/o Insurance An original typed signed letter from the home office of your insurance company (not broker or agent) on their letterhead is required. The letter must state the coverage period and the coverage was in "FULL FORCE WITHOUT LAPSE" on the date of the violation. It must also state the plate number, the description of the vehicle, including the VIN number, your motorist ID number, and the ticket number. No insurance cards, policies, photocopies, or faxes will be accepted as proof of insurance. Include a copy of the registration for the vehicle and a copy of the operator's Driver's License. Violation 509-1 Unlicensed Operator Provide official and authentic DMV abstract showing valid driving privileges on date of violation. Abstracts can be obtained online, by phone or in person at a local NYS DMV office. Visit New York DMV Records Violation 401-1a Unregistered Motor Vehicle Provide copy of registration document showing valid registration on date of violation and a copy of the operator's Driver's License.
Violation 403 Unregistered Motor Vehicle – Registration Sticker not affixed Provide copy of registration document showing valid registration on date of violation and a copy of the operator's Driver's License. Can plead to a reduced charge (no points) NYS VTL 1152-C 15/X/45/55 = $115. Violation 306-b No Inspection Certificate Provide copy of inspection receipt document issued by vendor performing inspection showing valid inspection on date of violation. Can plead to a reduced charge (no points) NYS VTL 1152-C 15/X/45/55 = $115. Include a copy of the registration for the vehicle and a copy of the operator's Driver's License. Certain equipment violations issued under sections 375, 376, and 381 will be dismissed upon timely correction and properly submitted proof of correction (PDF) prior to the court date. Follow the instructions and mail a properly executed proof of correction form along with documentation the form requires to "NCTPVA – Proof of Timely Repair, 16 Cooper Street West, Hempstead, NY 11550". The motorist should keep a copy of the submitted documents. If the proof is accepted and a self-addressed stamped envelope is included, the dismissal receipts will be returned via mail. If the proof is not accepted, the motorist will receive a conference notice to come to court to discuss a possible settlement of the charges.
If the motorist has a conflict on the return date of the ticket, he/she can appear prior to the date. To do this, confirm the ticket has been received by NCTPVA from the Police Agency that issued it by visiting Lookup/Pay Parking and Traffic Tickets. If information about the ticket displays, it means the motorist can answer the ticket. Consult the Court Schedule to see when Court is in session. During the court appearance, a prosecutor will discuss the options a motorist has to resolve the ticket. This usually, but not always, involves a reduction in fines and/or charges in exchange for a guilty plea. If the prosecutor and motorist agree on a settlement, the matter is put before a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO) for approval. If agreement cannot be reached by the motorist and prosecutor, a trial will be scheduled at a later date and the motorist will be notified by mail of when to return for the trial.
If the motorist is unable to confirm the ticket has been received by NCTPVA and the return date on the ticket is nearing, the motorist should enter a "Not Guilty" plea by mail by following the instructions on the ticket. This will save the motorist time in the case that the ticket was misfiled and needs to be entered into the system. (It should be noted that if the ticket was misfiled and the motorist fails to either appear in court or mail in a "Not Guilty" plea prior to the return date, the ticket will be subject to late fee, collections, and suspension once the ticket is properly filed).
In response to a "Not Guilty" plea, NCTPVA will schedule a conference and mail a notice advising the motorist to appear in court for that conference. If there is a conflict on the conference date, the registered owner may appear prior to the conference date.
During the court appearance, a prosecutor will discuss the options a motorist has to resolve the ticket. This usually, but not always, involves a reduction in fines and/or charges in exchange for a guilty plea. If the prosecutor and motorist agree on a settlement, the matter is put before a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO) for approval. If agreement cannot be reached by the motorist and prosecutor, a trial will be scheduled at a later date and the motorist will be notified by mail of when to return for the trial.
A trial is scheduled when a settlement can't be reached when a motorist appeared in Court for a conference. If the trial date received in the mail poses a conflict, the motorist must immediately request a trial postponement by sending, via certified mail, a notarized letter along with a copy of the trial notice to Clerk of the Court – Trial Postponement Request, 16 Cooper Street, Hempstead, NY 11550 explaining the conflict and providing written documentation (copies of airline tickets, etc.) supporting the claim. A copy of the request should be kept along with the certified mail receipt. The request will be reviewed by a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO) and is not automatically granted. If it is granted, a "final" trial date will be assigned and mailed to the motorist. This final date will not be rescheduled. If the motorist does not receive a rescheduled trial date or the request is denied, the motorist should bring a copy of the submitted correspondence along with proof that it was mailed, to court prior to the trial date to discuss options, if any, with the prosecutor.
The motorist must appear on the trial date at the scheduled time of the trial. Failure to appear for trial will result in a default conviction and add an additional $75 to the fines and fees on each ticket. The officer who issued the ticket(s) will be present and will testify, under oath, in court as to why the ticket was issued and the registered owner will have the opportunity to question the officer about the ticket. The registered owner will then have the option of telling their version, under oath. If the registered owner chooses to testify, he/she will also be required to answer questions the prosecutor may ask them.
At the conclusion of testimony, the JHO will issue a verdict of "Guilty" and assess fines and fees or "Not Guilty" – no fines or fees.
Failure to resolve traffic tickets by ignoring them at any stage of the process described above can result in the referral of the debt to a collection agency and the suspension and/or revocation of the motorist's driving privileges. Fees and fines associated with collection efforts and suspensions/revocations are added to any ticket fines and fees that a motorist may be liable for. A motorist driving with suspended or revoked driving privileges faces arrest and criminal charges.
A motorist who receives a ticket but does not live on Long Island or the Five Boroughs may request an "Out of Area Waiver" for the purpose of settling charges. If it is your intent to seek such a waiver, send a letter to "NCTPVA - Out of Area Waiver of Appearance Request, 16 Cooper Street West, Hempstead, NY 11550". Your correspondence should include a copy of your valid driver license and a copy of the summonses you received along with a statement explaining where you currently live and when, if at all, you plan to return to the area. If you have moved out of the state and your current residence requires you switch your license to your new state, you must send proof that you have applied for a new out of state license. The out of state prosecutor will review your correspondence and make a determination of whether your waiver will be granted. Include a valid email address and daytime phone number in your correspondence along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. If the waiver is granted, an offer of settlement may be made by telephone, mailed or emailed to you.
Traffic Tickets can usually be resolved by pleading guilty and paying fines online although there are tickets that require an appearance in Court. Motorists are encouraged to research the ramifications of a guilty plea before proceeding as a guilty plea is final.