The Driver's License Point System in Iowa

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Iowa's Department of Transportation bars "habitual offenders" from driving for a period of time. Iowa, like most states, uses a point system to track drivers and determine habitual offenders. 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

You may be ruled a habitual offender if you are convicted of three or more certain violations in a six-year period. Iowa uses the following schedule:

Points

Length of Bar

6-7

2 Years

8-9

3 Years

10-12

4 Years

13-15

5 Years

16 +

6 Years

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Perjury or making a false statement under oath to the Department of Public Safety

2

Driving while under suspension, revocation, or denial

2

Driving while under an alcohol or drug-related revocation

3

Driving while barred

4

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or a drug or having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more

4

An offense punishable as a felony under motor vehicle laws or any felony in which a motor vehicle was used

5

Failure to stop and leave information or render aid at an accident site

5

Eluding or attempting to elude law enforcement

5

Serious injury caused by the operation of a motor vehicle

5

Manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle

6

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