The Driver's License Point System in Texas

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

The Texas Driver Responsibility Program establishes a system to assess points and convictions to an individual based on certain traffic offenses. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and the more you get, the more likely it is that you will have to pay a “surcharge.” 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.

Surcharges

A surcharge is applied when a driver accumulates six points or more. The driver must pay $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional point. No points are applied for these “Conviction Types” since the surcharge is automatic upon conviction. Automatic surcharges are applied as show below:  

How Many Points/Convictions for Each Infraction?

Texas moving violation

2

Out-of-state moving violation

2

Texas moving violation resulting in a crash

3

Out-of-state moving violation resulting in a crash

3

Conviction Type

Assigned Surcharge

Intoxication: 1st offense, Texas or out-of state conviction for driving, intoxication assault, or manslaughter

$1,000

Intoxication: 2nd, 3rd, or more offenses, Texas or out-of-state conviction for driving, intoxication assault, or man- slaughter

$1,500

DWI with blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 or greater, Texas or out-of-state conviction

$2,000

Driving without insurance

$250

Driving while license invalid: driver license is cancelled, suspended, denied renewal, or revoked

$250

Driving without a license, no driver license or commercial driver license, expired license, or endorsement violation(s)

$100

Reductions

Through Texas’ Indigency Program and Incentive Program, drivers with unpaid surcharges may qualify for significant reductions of the amount they owe and maintain their driving privileges.  

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