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Virginia Driver License Points

In Virginia, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a point system to monitor and penalize drivers for traffic violations.

Here’s an overview of the Virginia driver license point system.

How You Accumulate Points::

In Virginia, both positive and negative points are given. Good driving behavior can earn you positive points, while traffic violations result in demerit (negative) points. The number of points for each type of violation varies:

– Speeding (1-9 mph over the limit): 3 points
– Speeding (10-19 mph over the limit): 4 points
– Speeding (20 mph or more over the limit): 6 points
– Reckless driving (speed-related): 6 points
– Driving under the influence: 6 points
– Failure to obey a traffic signal: 4 points
– Improper U-turn: 3 points
– Improper passing: 4 points
– Following too closely: 4 points

This list is just a small sample of violations and their associated points. The full list is extensive and can be found on the Virginia DMV website.

Consequences for Points Accumulation:

If you accumulate too many demerit points in a specific timeframe, you may be required to complete a driver improvement clinic:

– Accumulate 8+ points in 12 months: You’ll receive a cautionary letter.
– Accumulate 12+ points in 12 months: You’ll be required to complete a driver improvement clinic.
– Accumulate 18+ points in 12 months: Your driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days, and you must complete a driver improvement clinic to have them restored.
– Accumulate 24+ points in 24 months: Your driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days, and you must complete a driver improvement clinic to have them restored.

How to Remove or Reduce Points:

1. Safe Driving: You can earn a safe driving point for every calendar year that you hold a valid Virginia license and avoid any violations or suspensions. Up to five safe driving points can be accrued.
2. Driver Improvement Clinic: Voluntarily attending a Virginia driver improvement clinic will earn you 5 safe driving points.

Other Considerations:

– Safe driving points can offset demerit points, but your total cannot exceed 5 safe driving points.
– Accruing points can lead to increased insurance premiums.

Always check with the Virginia DMV or the appropriate local agency for the most recent information and specifics related to individual situations.