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North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Point System

Violating North Carolina driving and traffic laws can result in the suspension of your driving privileges and even imprisonment. The North Carolina Division 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.


Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like failure to stop for a siren, running through the stop sign, no liability insurance, and speeding for more than 55 mph each carry three points. Four point penalties include failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrian, hit and run property damage, and reckless driving. Five-point offenses include aggressive driving, and passing a school bus that has stopped to load or unload children.

View the complete Point Schedule on Chapter 3 of the Driver's Manual 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 12 points or more on your current driving record within a three-year period. If you accumulate another eight points within the next three years following the reinstating of your license, your license will be suspended again. For the first time your license will be suspended for a period of 60 days, for the second time it will be suspended for a period of six months and a third time could lead to a suspension of up to 12 months. A notice of scheduled suspension will be mailed to you. You may be imprisoned for driving with a suspended license.
  2. Once your license is reinstated, the points are canceled.
  3. 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 North Carolina DMV maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. The motor vehicle records (MVR) or the driving records include points, violations, convictions, your license class and date of expiry. However, there are a number of ways in which you can remove points from your current driving record.

  1. Once your license is reinstated after suspension, the points are cancelled.
  2. Taking a Driver Improvement Clinic course when you have accumulated seven points enables you to deduct three points from your current driving record, and may also qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates.


If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. You can check your driving record regularly. You can obtain your own record by filling out the Driver Privacy Protection Act 1 or use the DL-DPPA-2 to allow someone else to see your record. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.


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