The Driver's License Point System in Washington D.C.

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

The District of Columbia (D.C.) uses a point system to promote driving safely. Points are not assessed for parking and photo tickets. For moving violations received out-of-state, the D.C. DMV assesses points according to the point system for the same or similar violation in the District. 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 D.C. based on the following schedule.

Penalties for Excessive Points

Total Points

DC license suspended, lose driving privileges for 90 days

10-11

DC license revoked, lose driving privileges until DMV reinstates license (at least 6 months after revocation)

12 or more

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

You may incur points if you: 

Points

Follow another vehicle too closely

2

Operate a vehicle with an improper class of license

2

Operate a vehicle with a license expired less than 90 days

2

Commit any moving violation that does not contribute to an accident and is not listed below

2-3

Fail to comply with seatbelt law

3

Commit violations that contribute to an accident

3

Speeding: 11-15 miles per hour above posted speed limit

3

Speeding: 16-20 miles per hour above posted speed 

4

Fail to stop for a school vehicle with alternately flashing lights

4

Operate a motor vehicle in violation of a restriction on your license

4

Operate a vehicle with a learner permit unaccompanied by a licensed driver

5

Speed 21 miles per hour or more above posted speed limit

5

Fail to give right-of-way to a pedestrian

5

Commit a misdemeanor crime involving the use of a motor vehicle

6

Fail to yield to an emergency vehicle

6

Reckless driving

6

Leave the scene of a collision in which no personal injury occurs

8

Turn off headlights of a vehicle to avoid identification by a police officer

8

 Your license will automatically be revoked if you:

Points

Leave the scene of a collision in which personal injury occurs (hit and run)

12

Flee or attempt to elude a police officer

12

Aggravated reckless driving

12

Operate a vehicle after your driver license has been suspended or revoked

12

Use the driver license of another person

12

Receive conviction for an assault or homicide committed with an automobile

12

Operate a vehicle under the influence of, or when impaired by, intoxicating liquor and/or narcotic drugs (DUI)

12

Operate a vehicle with any measurable amount of alcohol if the person is under 21 years old 

12

Commit a felony crime involving the use of a motor vehicle

12

Make a false affidavit or statement under any law relating to motor vehicles

12

Commit any violation while operating a vehicle without the permission of the owner

12

 Getting Rid of Points

In the District of Columbia, points expire 24 months from the date they are awarded.

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