The Driver's License Point System in Alabama

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Alabama, like most states, uses a point system to track drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and the more you get, the more likely it is that you will have your license suspended or even revoked for good. Although these infractions are reported to your insurer, the accrued points may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system.

Suspensions

License suspensions occur in Alabama based on the following schedule.

12-14 points in a 2-year period ­- 60 days suspension

15-17 points in a 2-year period -­ 90 days suspension

18-20 points in a 2-year period ­- 120 days suspension

21-23 points in a 2-year period ­- 180 days suspension

24 and above points in a 2-year period ­- 365 days suspension

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Speeding (1 to 25mph over speed limit)

2

Speeding (26 or more mph over speed limit)

5

Reckless driving or reckless endangerment involving operating a motor vehicle

6

Failure to yield right of way

5

Passing stopped school bus

5

Wrong side of the road/Illegal passing

4

Following to closely

3

Disregarding traffic control device (stop sign, traffic light, etc.)

3

All other moving violations

2

Inability to control vehicle

2

Improper lane

2

Drinking alcohol while operating a vehicle

2

Admin per se

6

Improper operation of motorcycle

2

Fail to obey construction/maintenance zone markers/flagman/police officer/restricted lane

3

Emergency vehicles

2

Fail to signal/use incorrect turn signal

2

Making improper turn

2

Coasting

2

Unsafe operation

2

Any conviction which resulted from a charge that involved the drinking of alcoholic beverages and the driving of a motor vehicle but did not require mandatory revocation of the driver license

6

Getting Rid of Points

In Alabama, after a traffic conviction is two years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver's record.

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