The Driver's License Point System in New Mexico

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

New Mexico uses a point system to track drivers and drivers who receive more 7 or more points in a year will face suspensions. 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 New Mexico driver who receives 7 to 10 points within one year will have the license suspended for 30 days. A New Mexico driver who receives 12 points or more within one year will have the license suspended for 12 months.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Eight (8) points for violations of the following sections:

Speeding 26 mph or more over the posted limit on any trafficway if the limit is 15, 30 or 75 mph.

Speeding 26 mph or more over the posted limit on any trafficway if the limit is other than 15, 30 or 75 mph and the speed was at least 76 mph.

Six (6) points for violations of the following sections:

Passing school bus taking on or discharging passengers or displaying warning not to pass.

Reckless driving.

Contest racing on trafficway.

Five (5) points for violations of the following sections:

Speeding 16-25 mph over the posted limit on any trafficway if the limit is 15, 30 or 75 mph.

Speeding 16-25 mph over the posted limit on any trafficway if the limit is other than 15, 30 or 75 mph and the speed was at least 76 mph.

Four (4) points for violations of the following sections:

Failure to yield right of way to an authorized emergency vehicle.

Three (3) points for violations of the following sections:

Careless driving.

Failure to obey traffic instructions stated on traffic sign or shown by traffic control device.

Following the vehicle ahead too closely.

Failure to yield right of way in manner required.

Vehicle turning left at intersection.

Failure to yield right of way at yield sign after stop or when emerging from private trafficway.

Getting Rid of Points

Points are automatically removed from the driver's record record 12 months after the date of the violation.

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