The Driver's License Point System in Pennsylvania

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation (PennDOT) uses a point system to monitor Pennsylvania drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and if you accumulate 11 or more points, you will have your license suspended. 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

When a driver is assessed 11 or more points, the driver's license will automatically be suspended. The length of suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended in the past. The suspension schedule is as follows: first suspension - 5 days per point; second suspension - 10 days per point; third suspension - 15 days per point; subsequent suspensions - one year. A driver under the age of 18 will be suspended if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit.

 How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Failure to stop for a flashing red light

3

Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle

3

Improper passing, overtaken driver to maintain speed; passing driver to pull in at safe distance Improper passing on the right

3

Improper passing on the left, clear distance ahead

3

Improper passing on a hill

4

Improper passing at a railroad crossing or intersection.

3

Improper passing at a bridge or tunnel

3

Improper passing in a no-passing zone

3

Following too closely

3

Failure to yield to driver on the right at intersection

3

Failure to yield to oncoming driver when making left turn

3

Failure to stop for stop sign

3

Failure to yield at yield sign

3

Failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway between intersections

3

Improper turning around - illegal U-turns

3

Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train

2

Failure to comply with crossing gate or barrier 30-day suspension

4

Failure to stop at railroad crossings

4

Failure to stop when entering from alley, driveway or building

3

Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights 60-day suspension

5

Driving too fast for conditions

2

 (Miles over Speed Limit):

 

6 to 10

2

11 to 15

3

16 to 25

4

26 to 30

5

Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk

3

Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk when entering from a driveway or alley Failure to yield to blind pedestrians

3

Improper backing

3

Careless driving

3

Leaving scene of accident involving property damage only

4

Getting Rid of Points

Three points are removed from a driving record for each 12 consecutive months in which a person is not under suspension or revocation or has not committed any violation.

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