The Driver's License Point System in California

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

California refers to its point system as "violation points" which are assigned to sections of the vehicle code. (Any violation occurring as a pedestrian or a bicyclist has no point assigned.) Although these violations 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

  • The DMV may suspend and place on probation, or revoke, the driving privilege of a driver who is categorized as a "negligent operator." Per Vehicle Code section 12810.5a, a Class C negligent operator has
  • 4 or more points in 12 months,
  • 6 in 24 months, or
  • 8 in 36 months.

A minor, under 18 years of age, may receive a 30-day restriction for 2 points in 12 months, or be suspended for 3 points in 12 months (12814.6 VC).

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

One Point Count California Vehicle Code Violations

  • Disobedience to traffic officer
  • Evading peace officer
  • Disobedience to fire official
  • Unsafe vehicle load
  • Disregarding non-student crossing guard
  • Youth bus/children crossing highway
  • Disregarding funeral escort officer
  • Crossing safety flares/cones
  • Violation of license restrictions
  • Disregarding traffic officer's directions
  • Driving in bicycle lane
  • Disobedience to traffic signs/controller
  • Illegal movement/green light/arrow
  • Illegal movement/yellow light/arrow
  • Illegal movement/red/light/arrow
  • Traffic signals
  • Disobedience to flashing signals
  • Double lines/one broken line
  • Use of two-way left turn lane
  • Disobedience to traffic control device
  • Keep right
  • Crossing divided highway
  • Entering highway from service road
  • Lane use/slow moving vehicle
  • High-occupancy vehicle lane/entering/exiting
  • Improper lane use
  • Driving on sidewalk
  • Freeway ramp/entering/exiting
  • Load obstructing driver's view
  • Interfering with driver's control of vehicle
  • Driving hours limitation
  • Following too closely
  • Driving in fire area
  • Driving in safety zone
  • Towed vehicle swerving
  • Unlawful riding/towing
  • Turning across bicycle lane
  • Illegal passing
  • Right-of-way
  • Yielding right-of-way to horseback rider
  • Yielding right-of-way to emergency vehicle
  • Unsafe operation of emergency vehicle
  • Yielding right-of-way to pedestrian
  • Due care for pedestrian on roadway
  • Prohibited use of freeway
  • Yielding right-of-way to blind pedestrian
  • Turning and U-turns
  • Unsafe starting/backing of vehicle
  • Signaling turns and stops
  • School bus signaling
  • Speed/use of designated lanes
  • Maximum speed
  • Basic/prima facie speed limit
  • Exceeding posted/freeway speed limit
  • Maximum speed 70 mph
  • Speed in excess of local limits
  • Speed/construction zone
  • Restricted speed/weather conditions
  • Speed/traffic lanes
  • Driving too slow
  • Speed/bridge/tunnel
  • Maximum designated vehicle speed
  • Speed/solid/metal tires
  • Speed limit on grades
  • Stop required/railroad crossing
  • Stop for school bus
  • Speed contest/aiding or abetting
  • Transporting person in truck load space
  • Driving on trails and paths
  • Drinking while driving
  • Marijuana or open container/driving
  • Ignition interlock verification
  • Defeating ignition interlock device
  • Disobedience to toll highway officer
  • Unauthorized towing
  • Width/load of vehicle at crossing
  • Disobedience to sign/vehicle crossing
  • Unsafe/unlawfully equipped vehicle
  • Operation after notice by officer
  • Lighting equipment
  • Failure to dim lights
  • Lamps/flag for extended load
  • Lamps on projecting load
  • Child Passenger restraint
  • Child seat belt
  • Motorcycle/passengers and equipment

Two Point Count California Vehicle Code Violations

  • Evading peace officer/reckless driving
  • Driving while suspended/revoked
  • Driving, suspended/revoked for refusing test
  • Hit and run/injury/property damage
  • Driving wrong side/divided highway
  • Speed over 100 MPH
  • Reckless driving
  • Reckless driving/causing bodily injury
  • Speed contest /exhibition of speed
  • Minor driving with BAC of 0.05% or more
  • DUI/alcoholic beverage or drugs
  • DUI/causing bodily injury or death

Getting Rid of Points

In California, after a traffic conviction is two years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver's record.

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