Know About The Virginia DMV Point System

The Virginia DMV has a point system used to assess the driving record and competency of drivers. Whenever you are convicted of a traffic offense, the court informs the DMV of the nature of the violation, who then adds points to your record.

The demerit points will remain on your record for 2 years. However, the actual conviction may stay on your record for longer.

Safe Driving Points

Unlike most states, Virginia also offers a safe driving point system. For every year you hold your Virginia driver’s license without getting into any accidents or being convicted of a traffic violation, you earn 1 safe driving point. You can have a maximum of 5 safe driving points on your record. If you have safe driving points and are convicted of a traffic violation, your safe driving points will be deducted, acting as a buffer on your driving record and preventing you from falling into negative points.

You also may earn 5 safe driving points simply by taking a Virginia traffic school course.

Common Offenses and Points

While the specific number of points you might receive for a traffic violation may vary depending upon the circumstances of the violation, here are some of the most common offenses and point amounts that drivers in Virginia receive.

3-Point Violations
  • Running a red light
  • Illegal U-turn
  • Illegal passing
  • Speeding up to 9 MPH over the speed limit
4-Point Violations
  • Failing to signal
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding 10-19 MPH over the speed limit
6-Point Violations
  • Driving more than 20 MPH over the speed limit
  • Driving Under the Influence

Acquiring points will also result in an increase to your insurance rates.

License Suspension

Accumulating too many points on your record might result your license being suspended. If you meet the requirements for license suspension, your local court will notify you of your suspension and may possibly require you to attend a Virginia driver improvement clinic. The particular conditions that result in a license suspension depend upon your age.

Under 18

Drivers who are under 18 years of age will receive an order to take a Virginia driver improvement clinic if they are convicted of a traffic violation. Failure to complete the course within 90 days will result in license suspension.

18 and Over
  • Drivers who get 12 demerit points within a 1-year period or 18 demerit points within a 2-year period will receive an order to complete a driver improvement clinic. Failure to complete this course within 90 days will result in license suspension.
  • Acquiring 18 points within a 1-year period or 24 points within a 2-year period will result in automatic license suspension.
The Importance of Checking Your Driving Record

It’s essential that you periodically check your driving record report. This is a document that has all the information about your driving history, including how many points you have accumulated and your traffic violation convictions. Mistakes can sometimes happen on driving records, so checking it occasionally can ensure that all of the information on your record is accurate.

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