The Driver's License Point System in Delaware

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Delaware uses a point system (officially known as the "Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program") that is designed to identify problem drivers and to get them in order with a series of sanctions based on accumulated points. The goal of the program is crash prevention. Although these points/violations are reported to your insurer, the actual accrued point totals may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system.

Suspensions

The Delaware point system proceeds in steps: first an advisory letter, followed by mandatory suspension, and/or completion of a behavioral modification/attitudinal-driving course.

8 pts

The Division of Motor Vehicles sends the driver an advisory letter.

12 pts

Driver must complete a behavior modification/ attitudinal-driving course within 90 days after notification (unless extended by DMV). Failure to comply or upon preference of the driver, mandatory 2-month suspension will be imposed.

14 pts

Mandatory 4-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal- driving course within the previous two years, as of the time of reinstatement.

16 pts

Mandatory 6-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavioral modification/attitudinal- driving course within the previous two years, as of the time of reinstatement.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Speeding 1-9 miles per hour (mph) over posted limit

 2 pts

Speeding 10-14 mph over posted limit

4 pts

Speeding 15-l9 mph over posted limit  

5 pts

Speeding 20 mph or more over posted limit

5 pts

Passing a Stopped School Bus

6 pts

Reckless Driving

6 pts

Operation of a Vehicle Causing Death

6 pts

Aggressive Driving

6 pts

Disregarding Stop Sign or Red Light

3 pts

A speeding violation of 1 to 14 mph over the posted speed limit will not be assessed points, if it is the first violation within any 3-year period; and the ticket is paid through the Voluntary Assessment Center or Alderman’s Court recorded as a “guilty mail in.”

Getting Rid of Points

Calculated points are credited at full point value for the first 12 months from the date of violation. After the initial 12 months have expired, the calculated points will be credited at one-half point value for the next 12 months. All actions are based upon total calculated points within a 24-month period following the offense.

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