NEW YORK SUSPENSION HEARINGS & APPEALS
The Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) handles non-criminal moving violations in each of the 5 boroughs of NYC, Buffalo, and Rochester for the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will likely be required to attend a TVB hearing if you’re ticketed for:
- Violations during the new driver probationary period.
- Traffic violations adding up to more than 11 points.
NOTE: State/federal courts handle criminal offenses and may enforce suspensions and other penalties in addition to those from the NY DMV.
- New York DMV Administrative Hearings: The DMV may require you to show up for an administrative hearing for your driver license suspension. You are considered innocent until proven guilty. When you plead “not guilty” to a moving violation, your case will be forwarded to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will make a judgment and set your penalty. The ALJ has the authority to suspend/revoke your license and vehicle registration in the interest of safety.
You can plead “not guilty” or “guilty” to your ticket by Using the online Traffic Ticket Pleas, Hearings and Payments system or checking the “not guilty” or “guilty” box on your ticket and mailing it in within 15 days of the recorded violation date to the address listed on the form.
You must submit payment for a guilty plea by VISA, MasterCard, check, or money order (made payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles”).
If you plead “not guilty,” the DMV will mail you instructions about when and where to go. The NYS DMV website provides a list of TVB offices in New York.
- Postpone Your Hearing: If needed, you can request for your traffic ticket hearing to be rescheduled:
- By phone: Contact the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) at (718) 488-5710 at least 1 day before your hearing.
- In person: Visit the TVB address listed on your NY traffic ticket at least 1 day before your hearing.
- By mail: Send your request to the TVB at the address listed on your ticket.
NOTE: The TVB must receive your request at least 10 days before your scheduled hearing. For subsequent postponements, the TVB administrative law judge will require you to make your request in person. You must have an acceptable reason.
- Appeal your Hearing Decision: You can appeal the result of your TVB hearing within 30 days of the decision. The TVB does NOT process convictions that: occurred within a local court, resulted from criminal violations, or resulted from unpaid parking tickets. You can appeal the result of your hearing either online or by mail:
To appeal online, visit the TVB Traffic Ticket Appeal page and enter your: Traffic ticket number, client ID number, e-mail address, full name, mailing address, payment for the non-refundable $10 fee.
To appeal by mail, send a completed Traffic Violations Bureau Appeal (Form AA-33) and payment for the non-refundable $10 fee to: Appeals Processing Unit DMV, P.O. Box 2935, Albany, NY, 12220-0935
Drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program removes 4 points from the current driving record. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.