The Driver's License Point System in North Carolina

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

As in most states, if you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations in North Carolina, driver license points are placed against your driving record. 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

If you accumulate seven points, you may be assigned to a driver improvement clinic. The clinic fee is $50. Upon satisfactory completion of the clinic, three points are deducted from your driving record. If you accumulate as many as 12 points within a three-year period, your license may be suspended. The accumulation of eight points within three years following the reinstatement of your license can result in a second suspension. If your driver license is suspended by the point system, it may be taken

for: 60 days for the first suspension; 6 months for the second; and 12 months for the third.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Passing a stopped school bus

  5

Aggressive driving 

5

Reckless driving 

4

Hit and run, property damage only

4

Following too closely 

4

Driving on the wrong side of road 

4

Illegal passing 

4

Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian pursuant

 

to G.S. 20-158 (b) (2) b.

4

Failure to yield right of way to bicycle, motor scooter or motorcycle

4

Running through stop sign 

3

Speeding in excess of 55 mph 

 3

Failure to yield right of way 

3

Running through red light 

3

No driver license or license expired more than one year

3

Failure to stop for siren 

3

Driving through safety zone

3

No liability insurance 

 3

Speeding in a school zone in excess of the posted school zone speed limit

3

Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt

2

All other moving violations 

2

Littering pursuant to G.S. 14-399 when the littering involves the use of a motor vehicle

1

Getting Rid of Points

If your license was suspended, then, when your driving privilege is reinstated, all previous driver license points are canceled. 

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