How many points before your license is suspended

California Vehicle Code (CVC) violations & points on your license

Search the table below for your traffic violation and how many points it puts on your license.

See also: How the DMV Point System works & what to do:-

  • How the California DMV point system works
  • How you mask (hide) points from your license
  • How to save your license from suspension
  • How long points stay on your license
  • How to check your DMV driver record for points
  • Why we recommend you fight your traffic ticket
  • How we can help you get a restricted license if you have 4 points or more in one year

Check how many points are on your license

Firstly, you can see how many points each traffic violation earns in the table below.

Alternatively, you can check with the DMV either in person, online or by mail.  See how to check your DMV driver record for points.

Point Count - California Vehicle Code (CVC) Violations

(See also Points for Out-of-State violations)

Navigation: Press the up and down arrows in the column headings to re-sort the table.
Enter a CVC code into the search box, or a search term e.g. speed
Vehicle CodeNamePoints on
your license
CVC 14601,14601a,14601 b, 14601.1- 14601.4Driving while suspended/revokedTwo points
CVC 14601.5Driving, suspended/revoked for refusing testOne point
CVC 14603Violation of license restrictionsOne point
CVC 20001, 20001a 20002, 20002a, 20002bHit and run/injury/property damageTwo points
CVC 21100.3Disregarding traffic officer’s directionsOne point
CVC 21209, 21209aDriving in bicycle laneOne point
CVC 21367, 21367a, 21367b, 21367cDisobedience to traffic signs/controllerOne point
CVC 21451, 21451a, 21451bIllegal movement/green light/arrowOne point
CVC 21452, 21452aIllegal movement/yellow light/arrowOne point
CVC 21453, 21453a, 21453b, 21453cIllegal movement/red/light/arrowOne point
CVC 21454, 21454a – d, 21455Traffic signalsOne point
CVC 21457, 21457a, 21457bDisobedience to flashing signalsOne point
CVC 21460a, 21460bDouble lines/one broken lineOne point
CVC 21460.5cUse of two-way left turn laneOne point
CVC 21461, 21461a, 21462Disobedience to traffic control deviceOne point
CVC 21650, 21650a – fKeep rightOne point
CVC 21651, 21651aCrossing divided highwayOne point
CVC 21651bDriving wrong side/divided highwayTwo points
CVC 21652Entering highway from service roadOne point
CVC 21654, 21654a, 21654b, 21655, 21655bLane use/slow moving vehicleOne point
CVC 21655.8High-occupancy vehicle lane/entering/exitingOne point
CVC 21656 – 21662, 21662a, 21662bImproper lane useOne point
CVC 21663Driving on sidewalkOne point
CVC 21664Freeway ramp/entering/exitingOne point
CVC 21700Load obstructing driver’s viewOne point
CVC 21701Interfering with driver’s control of vehicleOne point
CVC 21702, 21702a, 21702bDriving hours limitationOne point
CVC 21703, 21704, 21704a, 21705, 21706Following too closelyOne point
CVC 21707Driving in fire areaOne point
CVC 21709Driving in safety zoneOne point
CVC 21711Towed vehicle swervingOne point
CVC 21712, 21712a, 21712d, 21712f, 21715, 21715a, 21715bUnlawful riding/towingOne point
CVC 21717Turning across bicycle laneOne point
CVC 21750 – 21757, 21758, 21759Illegal passingOne point
CVC 21800 – 21804, 21804a, 21804bRight-of-wayOne point
CVC 21805, 21805bYielding right-of-way to horseback riderOne point
CVC 21806, 21806aYielding right-of-way to emergency vehicleOne point
CVC 21807Unsafe operation of emergency vehicleOne point
CVC 21950, 21950a, 21951, 21952Yielding right-of-way to pedestrianOne point
CVC 21954, 21954bDue care for pedestrian on roadwayOne point
CVC 21960aProhibited use of freewayOne point
CVC 21963Yielding right-of-way to blind pedestrianOne point
CVC 22100 – 22105Turning and U-turnsOne point
CVC 22106Unsafe starting/backing of vehicleOne point
CVC 22107 – 22111, 22111a, 22111b, 22111cSignaling turns and stopsOne point
CVC 22112, 22112aSchool bus signalingOne point
CVC 22348, 22348a, 22348cSpeed/use of designated lanesOne point
CVC 22348bSpeed over 100 MPHTwo points
CVC 22349, 22349.5Maximum speedOne point
CVC 22350, 22351, 22352, 22352a, 22352bBasic/prima facie speed limitOne point
CVC 22354, 22355Exceeding posted/freeway speed limitOne point
CVC 22356, 22356bMaximum speed 70 mphOne point
CVC 22357, 22358.4Speed in excess of local limitsOne point
CVC 22359, 22360, 22361Speed in excess of local limitsOne point
CVC 22362Speed/construction zoneOne point
CVC 22363Restricted speed/weather conditionsOne point
CVC 22364Speed/traffic lanesOne point
CVC 22400, 22400a, 22400bDriving too slowOne point
CVC 22405, 22405aSpeed/bridge/tunnelOne point
CVC 22406, 22407Maximum designated vehicle speedOne point
CVC 22409, 22410Speed/solid/metal tiresOne point
CVC 22413Speed limit on gradesOne point
CVC 22450, 22451, 22452, 22452a, 22452bStop required/railroad crossingOne point
CVC 22454Stop for school busOne point
CVC 23103, 23103a,23103 bReckless drivingTwo points
CVC 23104, 23104aReckless driving/causing bodily injuryTwo points
CVC 23109, 23109b, 23109dSpeed contest/aiding or abettingOne point
CVC 23109a, 23109cSpeed contest /exhibition of speedTwo points
CVC 23116, 23116aTransporting person in truck load spaceOne point
CVC 23123, 23123.5Holding or operating a CellphoneZero points for first offense. One point for second offense in 3 years.
CVC 23127Driving on trails and pathsOne point
CVC 23140, 23140a, 23140bMinor driving with BAC of 0.05% or moreTwo points
CVC 23152, 23152a-dDUI/alcoholic beverage or drugsTwo points
CVC 23153, 23153a-dDUI/causing bodily injury or deathTwo points
CVC 23220Drinking while drivingOne point
CVC 23222, 23222a, 23222bMarijuana or open container/drivingOne point
CVC 23235Ignition interlock verificationOne point
CVC 23244, 23244bDefeating ignition interlock deviceOne point
CVC 23253Disobedience to toll highway officerOne point
CVC 23270, 23270aUnauthorized towingOne point
CVC 23330, 23330cWidth/load of vehicle at crossingOne point
CVC 23336Disobedience to sign/vehicle crossingOne point
CVC 24002, 24002a, 24002bUnsafe/unlawfully equipped vehicleOne point
CVC 24004Operation after notice by officerOne point
CVC 24250Lighting equipmentOne point
CVC 24409, 24409a, 24409bFailure to dim lightsOne point
CVC 24604Lamps/flag for extended loadOne point
CVC 25103, 25103a, 25103bLamps on projecting loadOne point
CVC 26301, 26302, 26302a, 26302b, 26302cBrakesOne point
CVC 26303, 26304, 26304a, 26304bBrakes/combination vehiclesOne point
CVC 26307Forklift truck brakesOne point
CVC 26311, 26311a, 26311b, 26311cAll wheel service brakesOne point
CVC 26456, 26457Brakes/stopping distanceOne point
CVC 26458, 26458a, 26458.5Braking system/towing vehiclesOne point
CVC 26502aAdjustment/use of air brakesOne point
CVC 26503 – 26506, 26506a, 26507Airbrake systemOne point
CVC 26508, 26508a – c, 26508e – k, 26508oEmergency stopping systemOne point
CVC 26520, 26521, 26522Vacuum brakesOne point
CVC 27360, 27360a – c, 27360.5Child Passenger restraintOne point
CVC 27363, 27363bChild seat beltOne point
CVC 27800, 27801, 27801a, 27801bMotorcycle/passengers and equipmentOne point
CVC 2800Disobedience to traffic officerOne point
CVC 2800.1Evading peace officerOne point
CVC 2801Disobedience to fire officialOne point
CVC 2803, 2803a, 2803b, 2803cUnsafe vehicle loadOne point
CVC 2815Disregarding non-student crossing guardOne point
CVC 2816Youth bus/children crossing highwayOne point
CVC 2817Disregarding funeral escort officerOne point
CVC 2818Crossing safety flares/conesOne point
CVC 2800.2, 2800.3Evading peace officer/reckless drivingTwo points
CVC 29001, 29002Fifth wheel connecting/locking deviceOne point
CVC 29003a, 29003b, 29003cHitch and coupling deviceOne point
CVC 29004, 29004a – c, 29006, 29006aTowed vehicle couplingOne point
CVC 29201Pole dolly/load and lengthOne point
CVC 31301, 31301aCaldecott tunnel restrictionsOne point
CVC 31303, 31303b, 31303c, 31303eHazardous waste transportationOne point
CVC 31402Farm labor vehicle/unsafe operationOne point
CVC 31540, 31504bRemovable containers/regulationsOne point
CVC 31602, 31602a, 31602b, 31602cExplosives transportationTwo points
CVC 31614, 31614a, 3164b, 31614d – f 31614h, 31614iExplosives transportationOne point
CVC 32104, 32104a, 32104b, 32105, 32105a, 32105c-eInhalation hazard transportationOne point
CVC 32106, 32106a – dInhalation hazard transportationOne point
CVC 34102Tank vehicle regulationsOne point
CVC 34501.2, 34501a, 34501cDriving hours limitationsOne point
CVC 34506, 34506a – gDriving hours, equipment, maintenance, operationOne point
CVC 34506.3Safety regulation violationOne point
CVC 34509, 34509c, 34509dVanpool vehicle maintenance inspectionOne point
CVC 35784, 35784a, 35784bViolation of special permitOne point
CVC 35784.5, 35784.5a, 35784.5bExtralegal load/weightOne point
CVC 36400Lift-carrier/speedOne point
CVC 36705Bale wagon load width during darknessOne point

The above point count for CVC codes are taken from the CA DMV https://dmv.ca.gov/dl/vioptct.htm (- this webpage is no longer published, and the CVC point information can be purchased in printed format from the DMV).

Other Common California Code Violations

Used In Negligent Operator Count

The following violations can also put points on your license record:-

SectionCodeViolationPoints
49307 or 12059EducationDisobedience to school safety patrol1
PC 191.5a, 192c1-192c4, 192.3c, 192.3dPenalVehicular manslaughter with gross negligence2
PC 192c, 192.3, 192.3a, 192.3bPenalVehicular manslaughter without gross negligence1
27176Streets and highwaysSpeeding on Golden Gate Bridge1

How the Points system works

Go to our California DMV Point System page to learn how the DMV Point System works,  how you mask (hide) points from your license and how to save your license from suspension.

See also Points for Out-of-State violations.

To learn how to mask (hide) points from your license,  how to save your license from suspension, and why we recommend you fight your ticket, see California DMV Point System - save your license.

4 Points and your driver's license is suspended

California DMV point system & Negligent Operator

The California DMV (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 you get 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 one point being put 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 the car is in motion. Moving Violations put points on your driver's license.

Non-moving Violations

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

Cellphone violations

Talking on the cell phone puts Zero points on your license for first offense; and One point for the second offense in 3 years.

See Cell Phone violations and points for more detail.

Examples of Points

If you cause an accident you will most likely get one point put on your record. In addition, if you get a DUI, Hit & Run, Driving on a suspended license or get caught driving over 100 mph, etc. you face two points being put on your license.   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 received.

How many points is a speeding ticket in California?

Most speeding tickets result in one point being put on your license - check your California Vehicle Code code in the table above.  However, if you were caught speeding over 100 MPH or if you were taking part in a speed contest, you will get two points put on your license.

How long do points stay on your license?

The length of time depends on the severity of the offense. 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).

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

What to do about Points on your License

California DMV Points on your licenseSee California DMV Point System - save your license to learn more about the Points System, how to hide points from your license,  how to save your license from suspension, and why we recommend you fight your ticket.

We can help save your license

We can help you keep points off your license, and save your license from suspension. Call us to speak to a Los Angeles Traffic Attorney for a free legal consultation regarding your case (310) 285-1516.

This website has been created by the Law Office of Pardoe & Associates, Traffic Ticket Attorneys. We help with traffic ticket problems in Los Angeles County and Orange County, including driver's license problems, DUI, debt collection agencies used by the traffic courts, warrants, court appearances & more. Call us at (310) 285-1516 for a free legal consultation.