Violating Maryland driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) 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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MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like failure to stop for a school bus and failure to observe traffic signals, carry two points. Five-point offenses include driving without a license, engaging in speed contests and driving alone with a permit. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 9 mph or less): 1 point
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 10 mph and over: 2 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 20 mph or more over the 65 mph limit: 5 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 30 mph and over: 5 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:
- If you accumulate 3 points, the MVA sends you a warning letter.
- If the number of points accumulated increases to 5, you will have to enrol in a Driver Improvement Program.
- 8 points accumulated means that your license will be suspended. A notice of scheduled suspension will be mailed to you. You may be imprisoned for driving with a suspended license.
- 12 points or more will result in your license being revoked.
- 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.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The Maryland MVA maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, these points are automatically removed from your record after a period of 3 years, if:
- You have not committed and been convicted for another moving violation or any other criminal offence involving a motor vehicle during this period AND
- Your license has been neither suspended nor revoked AND
- You have never been convicted of driving while intoxicated, fleeing the scene of an accident or similar violations.
In case you do not fulfil all the above criteria you could also request a manual removal of points from your driving record. Your eligibility to qualify for this would depend on the length of time you have been violation free and what your last violation was. MVA will take a decision based on Maryland Law.
HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE
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.