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California Department of Motor Vehicle Point System

Violating California driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record if you receive a traffic ticket for moving violations.

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Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, disobedience with traffic or fire officer, failure to observe traffic signals, driving in a bicycle lane and crossing a divided highway carry one point each. Two-point offenses include reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and speed contests. No individual is allowed to reach a speed beyond 65 on CA highways. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:

Exceeding the maximum speed of 70 mph:1 point

Exceeding the maximum speed of 100 mph: 2 points

View the complete Point Schedule to learn about the number of points associated with each type of moving violation.


You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:

  1. You will have your license suspended if you accumulate certain points over a certain time period as noted above on your current driving record. A Class C license holder is said to be negligent and can have his license suspended if he has 4 or more points over a 12-month period, 6 or more points in a 24-month period, or 8 or more points in a 36-month period. A class A or B license holder may be allowed to carry 2 additional points. A commercial vehicle violation amounts to 1.5 times the points assigned. An under-18 driver may either have a 30-day restriction imposed if he accumulates 2 points over 12 months or face suspension for scoring 3 points in 12 months. When you accumulate 2 points in 12 months or 4 points in 24 months or 6 points in 36 months, a warning letter will be mailed to you. When you are one point short of suspension, a Notice of Intent to Suspend will be mailed to you. If it is suspended, an Order of Probation/Suspension will be sent to you. You may be imprisoned for driving with a suspended license.
  2. Accumulating points on your driving license is also likely to increase your auto insurance rates. See our auto insurance section for more information about obtaining quality car insurance at competitive rates.


The California DMV maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, there are a number of ways in which you can remove points from your current driving record.
  1. If you remain violation or suspension-free, you can get points deducted from your current driving record. Points get negated after a certain time period as shown below
    • One points, and most two point violations, are negated after a three-year period.
    • However, if you fail to appear in court, they remain in your record for five years.
    • Failure to appear in court for a DUI will remain in court for ten years.
  2. Taking a Defensive Driving Course enables you to deduct points from your current driving record, and may also qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates.
  3. No points are deducted for pedestrian or bicyclist violations.


If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.


Reviews of California Department of Motor Vehicle Point System

Recently, I paid fines on a citation I had received. Just out of curiousity, I checked the online case index to view the charges and case details; under the heading ACTIONS is the following description:


I get the abstract part of the thing; the codes however, have eluded every search that I attempted - just bits & bobs off of other case details.

Where can I find information that lists what these CONVICTION CODES are?

Recently, I received a ticket for 60+ (in a 55mph zone). The box where this is written says, 'aprox' and the box next to it has two options, 'patrol' or 'radar'.....patrol was selected. As a CDL holder I can't attend Driving School. So, I wonder if CA, specifically, San Bernadino County, Needles, CA offers a 'probationary' period whereby, if I don't get any tickets in the next 6mth-12mths can this be dismissed with no point on my CDL? I've tried calling the number on the ticket; but it's automatated with no option to actually speak with someone. Further, the ticket had no been posted so I don't know what it costs (as of yet). Once before, back in 2007, I had the same situation in Indiana. I was able to keep the point off my licesnse providing I didn't have anything else for 8 months. It was dropped 8 mnths later. Now, does CA have the same option for those drivers who are not repeated offenders, and for the most part concientious about driving safely?

As a CDL, you actually can do traffic school as long as the violation was not a commercial violation. I just got a ticket and I am also a CDL holder, I attended traffic school and got it all cleared up.

hi get a red ligh ticket i hire a attorny to reprecent me he didt not

remove the point off my driver licence i habe clas b comercial licence

i pay 600 dollar ticke how can i removed the point in my driver licence

Does a speeding ticket expire three years from the violation date or three years from the conviction date?

does a speed ticket expire three years fromm the violation date on class c license or three years from the conviction date?

I recived a 2pt. violation in 2006. My curent dmv record shows I still have 1pt. The DMV office says 1 pt. stays on your record for 10 years, but doesn't count. How is this possible?

i have commercial driver license i never attend traffic school since i got my class A driver licence. i need a big help i soon a number 619 381-5096

Is a bicycle consider a vehicle if so under what section code?

How can I receive proof of my 30-day temporary extension on my drivers license? And, may I get an extra week, since my hearing with DMV is on March 2?

My dl # is N6704922.


Did you really just post your DL#? Admin, I recommend deleted/editing this individuals post... I don't think you want people knowing your DL#.

i been trying to figure out if my insurance information is already on the dmv files of sacramento