The Driver's License Point System in Nevada

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

The Nevada DMV operates an extensive demerit point system as part of its driver improvement program. When the DMV receives a conviction notice from a court, the offense is entered on the driving record and demerit points are assigned.

Suspensions

When you receive 12 or more points in any 12-month period, your driver license is automatically suspended for 6 months. You will be mailed a certified letter before your license is suspended and have the right to a hearing through the Office of Administrative Hearings.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Major traffic offenses such as DUI, death or substantial bodily harm are not assigned demerit points. These offenses result in automatic revocation or suspension of your license. The following is a partial list of traffic violations, showing the demerit points that are assigned to your driving record.

Reckless Driving

8

Careless Driving

6

Failure to give information or render aid at the scene of an accident

6

Following too closely

4

Failure to yield right-of-way

4

Passing a school bus when signals are flashing

4

Hand-held cellphone use or texting  

  (2nd and subsequent offenses)

4

Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign

4

Impeding traffic, driving too slowly

2

Failure to dim headlights

2

Speeding

 

1 - 10 mph over posted limit

1

11 - 20 mph over posted limit

2

21 - 30 mph over posted limit

3

31 - 40 mph over posted limit

4

41 mph or more over posted limit

5

Prima Facie speed violation or driving too fast for the conditions

2

Getting Rid of Points

If you have accumulated between 3 and 11 points, you may have 3 points removed by completing a DMV-approved traffic safety course only if the course is not part of a plea-bargain agreement with a court of law. The demerit points for a violation are deleted when 12 months have elapsed from the date of conviction. Convictions remain part of your permanent driving record.

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