Drivers License Points

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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles assigns drivers license points to different traffic ticket convictions. The lowest of these is 1 point. That’s for littering, when the littering involves a motor vehicle. The highest (for non commercial licenses) is 5 points. That’s for passing a stopped school bus.

Arguably the purpose of these points is take away your privilege to drive.  If you get 12 points in a three-year period, DMV may suspend your license. How long this point triggered suspension lasts (there are many other things that can trigger a suspension) depends on your driving record:

  • 60 days for the first suspension;
  • 6 months for the second suspension;
  • 12 months for the third suspension.

The following is partial list of the point values assigned by DMV to different traffic ticket convictions. These points are for people who have a regular drivers license. If you have a commercial drivers license or want a more detailed list, please refer to the DMV website.

  • Passing a stopped school bus = 5 points
  • Reckless Driving = 4 points
  • Hit and Run Property Damage = 4 points
  • Running a Stop Sign = 3 points
  • Speeding over 55mph = 3 points
  • Failing to Properly Restrain a Child =2 points
  • Littering = 1 point
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