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Points on your license & California DMV point system

Points on your license & California DMV point system

How the DMV Point System works & what to do

On this page, you will learn:-

Violations and Points on your license

Point Count for California Vehicle Code (VC) Violations
Section
Violation
Points on your license
VC 14601,14601a,14601b,14601.1- 14601.4Driving while suspended/revokedTwo points
VC 14601.5Driving, suspended/revoked for refusing testOne point
VC 14603Violation of license restrictionsOne point

California DMV Point System

& Negligent Operator

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a point system concerning drivers’ licenses. If you get:-

  • 4 points in one year
  • 6 points in two years
  • or 8 points in three years

then the California DMV will want to suspend your license for 6 months for being a negligent operator, a driver with too many points.

How do you get DMV points on your license?

If you get pulled over by a police officer and he writes you a ticket for a moving violation you now face a point going on your driver’s license record.

Moving violations

A moving violation is any violation of the law committed by the driver of a car while it is in motion. Moving violations put DMV points on your license.

Non-moving Violations

Parking tickets, fix-it tickets concerning the car equipment like broken lights, tinted windows or no front plate do NOT put points on your license. Paperwork violations relating to insurance or registration do NOT put points on your license.

cell phone violation points caCell phone violation and points

Talking on the cell phone – VC 23123 - does NOT put a point on your license. However be aware the California Legislature is considering passing a new law to make a second time cell phone violation count as a DMV point so it’s quite possible at some point in the future a second time cell phone violation will count as a DMV point.

Examples of DMV points:

One-point examples

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Making an unsafe lane change
  • Having an at-fault accident.

The California DMV will put one point on your driver’s license record if they find out about an out of state traffic ticket you got.

Two-point examples

See our list of California Vehicle Code (VC) violations for the number of points each violation puts on your license.

WARNING About Paying Off A Ticket
– Many times people when they get a traffic ticket just pay it off. If you get a ticket for a moving violation and you just pay it off you you are essentially pleading guilty to the ticket and putting a DMV point on your record.

This also applies to letters from GC services. When you pay GC services for a ticket that you have never seen a Judge about you are pleading guilty to the ticket and all the violations and if you were ticketed for a moving violation you are putting a DMV point on your record.

We recommend you do everything you can to avoid DMV points going on your record so your insurance rates do not increase. We recommend you think twice about paying GC services or the court for tickets involving moving violations and instead consider fighting the ticket or doing traffic school if eligible.

Too many points – get a DMV Hearing to save your license

 You must request a DMV Hearing immediately for having too many points (4 in one year) – A Negligent Operator DMV Hearing is oftentimes the only way to save your license – so get a Hearing!
We can do this for you – call us (310) 285-1516 to speak with a Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Attorney for a free legal consultation.

Learn more about DMV Hearings – your entitlements, issues and mitigating circumstances.

Your DMV driver record

The DMV keeps a record of all traffic convictions and accidents. Depending on the type of traffic ticket, you can get from 1 – 2 points for a traffic ticket, and 1 point for an accident. (A traffic accident in which the driver is deemed by the DMV to be responsible shall be given a value of one point.)

How long does a point stay on my license?

The length of time depends on the severity of the offense:-

  • Most 1 point convictions remain on your record for 36 months (3 years)
  • A speeding ticket stays on your record for 36 months (3 years)
  • A DUI stays on your record for 10 years

Most points (illegal turn, not making a complete stop, driving over the speed limit, etc.) and/or accidents will stay on your DMV driver record for 36 months (3 years).

Points for more serious offenses, such as hit-and-run or a DUI, will stay on your license record for 10 years.

4 points and your license is suspended

Your driving privilege will be suspended by the California DMV and an Order of Probation/Suspension will be sent to you from the California DMV under the following conditions:

Points resulting in License Suspension
Point CountTime Period
You get 4 pointsWithin 12 months
You get 6 pointsWithin 24 months
You get 8 pointsWithin 36 months

Why you should fight your traffic ticket

Most people when they get a traffic ticket usually just pay it off. The problems with this approach are that:-

  • It automatically puts a point on your driver’s license record
  • 4 or more points can result in your license being suspended.
  • And it will probably increase your insurance rates.

Traffic School: Remove points from your license

We recommend that you do everything you can to fight your traffic ticket to avoid points going on your DMV driver’s license record. Keep in mind you are allowed to do traffic school once every 18 months and this will remove the point and ticket from your DMV record if done successfully. The 18-month eligibility period is determined from violation date to violation date and not from when you attended traffic school.

Please call us at (310) 285-1516 for a free legal consultation with a Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Attorney, to discuss preventing points from going on your license record.

4 points – Restricted License

If you get 4 or more points in one year call us immediately at (310) 285-1516 because we can help you get a restricted license from the DMV at a DMV Hearing if they are trying to suspend your license for too many points (negligent operator).

Keep in mind if you get 4 points in a year you only have a short period of time to request a DMV Hearing to try to keep your license from being suspended.

We can help keep the points off your license

We can help you fight your traffic ticket to keep the points off your license and save your driver’s license from suspension. Call to speak to a Los Angeles Traffic Attorney for a free legal consultation regarding your case (310) 285-1516.
See also:-

California Vehicle Code (VC) violations for the number of points each violation puts on your driver’s license.

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