§ 11:3-34.5 Automobile insurance eligibility points
(a) Automobile insurance eligibility points shall be accumulated as a result of convictions, suspensions, revocations and determinations of responsibility for civil infractions in accordance with the schedule set forth in the Appendix to this subchapter herein incorporated by reference.
(b) Automobile eligibility points are cumulative and accrue for all violations and occurrences set forth on Schedules 1 and 2. Automobile insurance eligibility points shall be deemed to accrue as follows:
1. Points for an at-fault accident shall accrue on the date that total payment by the insurer equals or exceeds $ 1,000 or such other amount as may be prescribed by Order of the Commissioner issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 17:33B-14. The amount under such Order shall be reflected in this paragraph through a notice of administrative change published in the New Jersey Register. An insurer may, at its option, use the date of the accident or date of first payment provided, however, that the insurer shall not underwrite or rate any policy based on the accident until total payment by the insurer equals or exceeds $ 1,000, and further provided that the insurer shall use the optional date consistently in all cases.
2. Points for conviction of motor vehicle violations and other events that are set forth on an abstract of drivers license records available from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, or a comparable agency of another state, shall accrue when the event is recorded in the agency's records as evidenced by an abstract.
3. When an eligible person is involved in an at-fault accident and has not accrued any eligibility points during the three-year period immediately preceding the date of that accident, no eligibility points for a two- or three-point violation, as set forth in Schedule 2 of the Appendix, shall accrue along with the points assessed in accordance with Schedule 1 for the at-fault accident, when the violation arises out of the same incident which results in the assessment of points for the at-fault accident. However, violations that arise out of the same incident may be considered by insurers for purposes of tier placement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 11:3-19A.
4. Points for each full year of court-imposed driver's license suspension within the preceding three years and points for each full year within the immediately preceding three years that a person has not held a driver's license shall accrue on the date of application for insurance. However, in accordance with Schedule 1, eligibility points assessed for failure to hold a drivers' license in the previous three years are not cumulative to points assessed for the suspension of a drivers license.
(c) Automobile insurance eligibility points set forth on Schedule 2 of the Appendix represent motor vehicle points established by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission by rule, N.J.A.C. 13:19-10.1, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Any additions, deletions or modifications to N.J.A.C. 13:19-10.1 shall likewise be incorporated as of the effective date of amendment. Schedule 2 is included in the Appendix for convenience.
(d) The reference in Appendix Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 to provisions of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated is meant for convenience to assist in the quick identification of the nature of the event. If the event takes place in a state or province other than New Jersey, Schedule 1 and 2 should be consulted for identification of the specific misconduct committed and the assessment of the appropriate number of insurance eligibility points to be assessed.
(e) In addition to the motor vehicle violation and insurance eligibility points specifically enumerated on Schedule 2 of the Appendix pertaining to the New Jersey Turnpike, Atlantic City Expressway, and the Garden State Parkway, for any other motor vehicle violations that occur on the New Jersey Turnpike (N.J.A.C. 19:9), the Atlantic City Expressway (N.J.A.C. 19:2-2.1), the Garden State Parkway (N.J.A.C. 19:8) or for any other moving violation at any location, Schedules 1 and 2 shall be consulted for identification of the specific misconduct committed and the determination of the appropriate number of insurance eligibility points to be assessed.