Alabama’s Traffic Violation Point System

The points and license-related penalties associated with traffic tickets in Alabama.

An Alabama traffic ticket generally results in the driver having to pay fines and fees. But the Alabama Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) also assigns a certain number of points for each recorded traffic violation in order to identify high-risk drivers. Too many points will result in license suspension.

Point Values for Traffic Violations

Here are the points assigned to some of the most common traffic violations.

Violation

Points Assessed

Any violation involving drinking and driving

6

Reckless driving

6

Failure to yield right-of-way

5

Passing stopped school bus

5

Driving on the wrong side of road

4

Illegal passing

4

Tailgating

3

Disregarding traffic control device

3

Speeding 1 to 25 miles per hour over limit

2

Speeding 26 or more miles per hour over limit

5

Drinking alcohol while operating

2

Admin per se (Administrative DUI suspension)

6

Failure to obey hazard signs

3

Emergency vehicle violation

2

Failure to signal

2

Coasting

2

Unlisted traffic violation

2

Consequences of Accumulating Too Many Points

The Alabama MVD will issue a notice of suspension once a driver accumulates 12 or more points within two years. The period of suspension depends on the current number of points the driver has on his or her record.

  • 12 to 14 points will result in a 60-day suspension
  • 15 to 17 points will result in a 90-day suspension
  • 18 to 20 points will result in a 120-day suspension
  • 21 to 23 points will result in a 180-day suspension, and
  • 24 or more points will result in a 365-day suspension.

The suspension will be effective ten days after issuance of the notice but can be stayed if the driver requests an administrative hearing. At the administrative hearing, the MVD is authorized to review the driver’s record and modify the suspension. The MVD official can also grant a probationary period whereby the driver can avoid the suspension by abstaining from future traffic violations.

Point Reduction

While traffic convictions always remain on a driver’s record, points expire after two years. Also, a driver’s points are cleared after completing a point-related suspension.

Suspended drivers are able to apply for a hardship license to regain limited driving privileges for going to and from places like work and school. To obtain the license, the applicant must show a need for transportation. And any future traffic violations can result in revocation for the hardship license.

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