DMV Points are demerit points which are subtracted from you for each traffic citation in which you receive. The amount of points that are received depend on the type of citation that you receive based on the severity of your conduct. The demerit points are on your record for only two years, even if the conviction stays on your record longer. The accumulation of points can result in your license being suspended. You also receive driver safety points in your favor each year that you do not have an accident, and you can accumulate up to five driver safety points. These can be used to off set any demerit points that you receive.
The more demerit points accumulated the more likely you are to lose your license. For those who are over 18, if you receive 12 points within 12 months or 18 points within 24 months and do not participate in a driver’s safety course your license will be suspended. If you receive 18 points within 12 months or 24 points within 24 months, then you will automatically have your license suspended.
For those who are under 18, any violations will result in suspension if you do not participate in a driver’s safety course. Most of the time the length of time for the suspension is 90 days.
How Are Points Calculated?
Each traffic violation is six, four, or three demerit points. The more severe the violation, the higher the amount of demerit points.
You will receive six points for reckless driving with regard to speed, passing, racing, being a habitual offender, Driving Under the Influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and manslaughter. You will receive four demerit points for speeding 10-19 miles over the speed limit, for passing unsafely, improper following or signaling, not following roadway signs, and a few other similar violations. You will receive three demerit points for speeds 1-9 miles over the speed limit, improper passing or driving, failure to use proper signals, driving without a license, and other similarly related violations.