The Driver's License Point System in Maryland

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

In Maryland, any driver who receives 8 points or more during a two year period will have his or license suspended. Maryland, like most states, uses a point system to track drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit. 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

Depending upon the total number of points that you have accumulated during the two-year period prior to the violation:

  • 3 to 4 points - The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will send you a warning letter.
  • 5 to 7 points - The MVA will require you to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
  • 8 to 11 points - The MVA will send you a notice of suspension.
  • 12 or more points - The MVA will send you a notice of revocation.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

12

Clicking off your lights to evade identification

8

Reckless driving

6

Driving without proof of insurance

5

Driving without a license

5

Driving with a suspended license

3

Failure to stop at a red light

2

Failure to stop for a school bus

2

Improper turn

1

Failure to yield

1

Speeding (9 mph over the limit or less)

1

Speeding (10 mph and over)

2

Speeding (20 mph or greater over a 65 mph speed limit)

5

Speeding (30 mph and over)

5

Getting Rid of Points

After 2 years from the violation date, the points are no longer considered "current" points.

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