The Driver's License Point System in Virginia

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

In Virginia (demerit) points are assigned when you are convicted of a traffic violation, and remain valid for two years from the date you commit the offense.

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 are 18 or older and receive 12 points in 12 months (or 18 points in 24 months) you will be required to complete a driver improvement clinic within 90 days. If you receive 18 points in 12 months (or 24 points in 24 months), your driver's license will be suspended for 90 days and you will need to complete another driver improvement clinic before your license will be reinstated.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

SIX POINT VIOLATIONS (# Years Conviction on DMV record)

Reckless driving - speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)

Reckless driving - speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)

Reckless driving - racing (11 years)

Reckless driving - passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)

Reckless driving - generally (11 years)

Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Driving while intoxicated (11 years)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (11 years)

Driving under the influence of drugs (11 years)

Driving after illegally consuming alcohol (persons under age 21) (3 years)

Driving while intoxicated - maiming (11 years)

Involuntary manslaughter/alcohol (11 years)

Refusing blood/breath test (11 years)

Driving while your license is suspended or revoked for driving while intoxicated (11 years)

Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Injuring person while racing - felony (11 years)

Emergency vehicle violation - death (11 years)

Vehicular assault or willful stopping, impeding or damaging vehicle (11 years)

Blocking access to service facility (11 years)

Attempting to elude police felony offense (11 years)

FOUR POINT VIOLATIONS

Reckless driving - failure to stop before entering a highway (11 years)

Speeding (5 years)

Speeding 10-14 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Speeding 15-19 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Speeding 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years)

THREE POINT VIOLATIONS

Speeding 1-9 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Impeding traffic, slow speed (5 years)

Passing/Driving

Improper passing (3 years)

Improper passing on the right (3 years)

Improper driving (3 years)

 Getting Rid of Points/Safe Points

In Virginia (demerit) points remain valid for two years from the date you commit the offense. “Safe” driving points are assigned for each full calendar year that you hold a valid Virginia driver’s license and drive without any violations or suspensions. In some cases, you may also earn safe driving points by completing a driver improvement clinic. Annual safe driving points are awarded in early April of each year for the previous calendar year. You can accumulate a total of 5 safe driving points and you may use these safe driving points to offset demerit points.

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