The Driver's License Point System in Wisconsin

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Wisconsin awards demerit points to drivers convicted of a moving violation, beginning on the date of the violation. 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 a driver receives 12 or more points in one year, the license will be suspended for a minimum of two months. Most convictions remain on driver records for five years from the date of conviction, except for serious offenses or alcohol-related convictions, which remain on the record for 55 years.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

A complete listing of demerit points can be obtained here.

Points

Offense

6

Attempting to elude an officer

6

Failure to perform duty after accident

3

Operating while revoked or suspended

6

Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs

6

Reckless driving or racing

6

Speeding 20 mph or more over limit

6

Violation of occupational license

4

Deviating from traffic lane

4

Driving on wrong side of highway or street

4

Failure to yield right of way

4

Failure to yield to emergency vehicle

4

Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control

4

Inattentive driving

4

Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing

4

Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit

4

Unnecessary acceleration

3

Arterial or traffic control violation

3

Driving wrong way on one way street

3

Failure to dim lights

3

Failure to give proper signal

3

Following too closely

3

Illegal passing

3

Improper brakes or lights

3

Operating with expired license or without any license

3

Operating with multiple licenses

3

Prohibited or illegal turn

3

Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit

3

Violation of restriction

2

Obstructing traffic

2

Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer

0

License not in person's immediate possession

0

No registration plate light

 Getting Rid of Points

The point total may be reduced by three points for attending an approved traffic safety course. Only one reduction is allowed in a three year period.

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