The Driver's License Point System in Montana

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Montana, 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

A driver who accumulates 15 or more points in a 36 month period will receive a six month suspension. A driver who earns 6 or more points in an 18 month period may be required to attend a counseling session or re-take the driving examination or both. Failure to do so will result in a three month suspension.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

12 

Negligent homicide

6

Driving while privilege to do so is suspended or revoked

2

Operating with foreign driver's license when privilege suspended or revoked by the state.

10

Driving under the influence of alcohol 

10

Driving under the influence of any drug (narcotic or other)

8

Failure to stop immediately at accident scene where person injured

8

Failure to remain at accident scene where person injured

8

Failure to stop immediately at scene where person killed

8

Failure to remain at scene of accident where person killed

8

Failure to render reasonable assistance to injured

4

Failure to identify self and vehicle when involved in an accident.

4

Failure to submit written report of accident within 10 days

5

Holding a race or speed contest on highway without written permission of proper authority (state, county, or city)

4

Fail to give notice of accident by quickest means

5

Engaging in race or speed contest on public highway without written permission of proper authority

5

Holding (engaging in, aiding, or abetting) a speed contest, the roadway   of which is not fully and efficiently patrolled

2

Careless driving

Reckless driving

5

Eluding police officers

4

Failure to stop immediately at property damage accident scene

4

Failure to remain at property damage accident scene

3

Speeding: restricted speed zone

3

Speeding: 25 miles per hour, urban district

2

Speed restrictions (basic rule): Failure to drive in careful and prudent manner (driving at speed that is greater than is reasonable and proper under existing conditions at point of operating; driving at speed that would unduly or unreasonably endanger life, limb, property or other rights of persons using highways; driving at speeds that fail to take into account amount and character of traffic, conditions of   brakes, weight of vehicle, etc.)

3

Speeding: 35 miles per hour, construction zone

3

Speeding: 55 miles per hour night limit

3

Speeding: 65 miles per hour night limit on interstate

3

Failure to reduce speed when approaching an intersection, railroad crossing, etc.

3

Speeding: 55 miles per hour night limit (trucks)

3

Speeding: speed limit established by Motor Vehicles Division

3

Speeding: restricted speed limit established by local authorities

3

Failure to pull over when operating slow moving vehicle obstructing traffic

3

Speeding: 60 miles per hour truck limit

3

Speeding: motor-driven cycle night speed

3

Speeding: 50 miles per hour speed when towing trailer house

3

Speeding: 65 miles per hour truck speed on interstate

3

Speeding: posted speed over elevated structure

2

Operating with foreign driver's license beyond 90 day grace period

2

Violation of privilege granted drivers of government vehicles

2

Violation of privilege granted drivers of road machinery, farm implements, and tractors

2

Violation of restrictions on chauffeur's license

2

Violation of restrictions on instruction permit

2

Violation in use of temporary driver's permit

2

Failure to have temporary driver's permit in possession

2

Operating in violation of restrictions imposed on driver's license

2

Violation of restrictions imposed on probationary driver's license

2

Transporting passengers in vehicle carrying explosives

Getting Rid of Points

Conviction points remain on a driving record for three years from the conviction date. While the points are removed after three years, the convictions become a permanent part of a driving record. Completing a defensive driving class does not remove points from a driving record.

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