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Points System in California

23 Nov Blog | Comments

Getting any type of ticket is no fun, but even more so it can result in the suspension or the loss of your driver’s license. Any ticket you get comes with a penalty, in the form of points that shows up on your driver’s license. If you get too many points in a certain period of time you they could suspend your license.

It is also important to know that your insurance could be increased if you acquire too many points too fast. Finally, it is essential that you know how many points you get for what type of citation, so you understand if you are ever getting close to a suspended license.

One-point Citations

You will get one point on your driver’s license if you get any type of minor moving violation. You will also get one point for certain vehicle mechanics, for example, brake issues and child safety seat violations.

Two-point Citations

You will get two points on your driving record for: reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license, a hit-and-run accident, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Any of those violations by themselves aren’t too bad. However, if you start to accumulate points you risk losing your driver’s license. Should you rack up 4 points within a 12-month period, 6 points within 24 months, or 8 points within a 36-month period the DMV has the right to suspend or revoke your driving privileges.

Insurance companies have the right to increase your premiums or drop you completely if they feel you are accumulating too many points too quickly. And now that you have to, by law, carry insurance the last you want to do is end up getting booted off by your current insurance company. Then you have to go find a company and they will know you were kicked off and can then charge you more.

How do you get rid of points?

The best way, of course, is to not break the law. If you follow all the rules of the road you will never have to worry about points accumulating or your insurance going up.

However, if you do end up with a traffic violation you have a couple different options. One option is to wait it out. One-point infractions will stay on your record for three years, assuming you do not accumulate any more points. More serious citations like a hit-and-run will remain on your driving record for 10 years. Should you fail to appear in court for any type of traffic violation your points stay on there for 5 years. And failure to show up in court for a more serious infraction and the points stay for 10 years.

Your second option, assuming it is a one-point citation and you don’t have any other points on your driver’s license, is traffic school. You can take, a DMV approved, traffic school course and keep those points from being added to your record. There are courses available online for a very reasonable cost.

Finally, just like your credit check, it is a good idea to order a driving record report every once in a while. Especially if you have received a traffic violation in the last 5-10 years. You will want to make sure that your points did come off like they were supposed to. And also that there isn’t anything on there that shouldn’t be.

Getting a traffic citation isn’t the end of the world, but it isn’t something you want to do every day either. If you do not abide by the traffic laws you can accumulate a lot of points quickly. And accumulating a lot of points quickly can increase your insurance and/or could result in a suspended driver’s license.

 

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