How the Point System works & what to do

DMV Points on your license in California

On this page, you will learn how the California DMV points system works, how you remove points from your license, how to save your license from suspension, and why we recommend you fight your traffic ticket.


Violations and Points on your license

Point Count for California Vehicle Code (VC) Violations
Points on
your license

VC 14601,14601a,14601 b,
14601.1- 14601.4

Driving while suspended/revoked

Two points
VC 14601.5

Driving, suspended/revoked for refusing test

One point
VC 14603

Violation of license restrictions

One point

 ... more



California DMV Point System

& Negligent Operator

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a point system concerning drivers' licenses. If you get :-

  • 4 points in one year
  • 6 points in two years
  • or 8 points in three years

then the California DMV will want to suspend your license for 6 months for being a negligent operator, a driver with too many points. 


How do you get DMV points on your license?

If you get pulled over by a police officer and he writes you a ticket for a moving violation you now face a point going on your driver's license record.

Moving violations

A moving violation is any violation of the law committed by the driver of a car while it is in motion. Moving violations put DMV points on your license.

Non-moving Violations

Parking tickets, fix-it tickets concerning the car equipment like broken lights, tinted windows or no front plate do NOT put points on your license. Paperwork violations relating to insurance or registration do NOT put points on your license.

cell phone violation points caCell phone violation and points

Talking on the cell phone while driving does NOT put a point on your license.


Examples of DMV points:

One-point examples

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Making an unsafe lane change
  • Having an at-fault accident.

The California DMV will put one point on your driver's license record if they find out about an out of state traffic ticket you got.

Two-point examples

See our list of California Vehicle Code (VC) violations for the number of points each violation puts on your license.


Get a DMV Hearing to save your license

You must request a DMV Hearing immediately for having too many points (4 in one year) – A Negligent Operator DMV Hearing is oftentimes the only way to save your license – so get a Hearing!  We can do this for you - call us (310) 285-1516 to speak with a Los Angeles Traffic Attorney for a free legal consultation.

Learn more about DMV Hearings - your entitlements, issues and mitigating circumstances.


Your DMV driver record

The DMV keeps a record of all traffic convictions and accidents. Depending on the type of traffic ticket, you can get from 1 - 2 points for a traffic ticket, and 1 point for an accident. (A traffic accident in which the driver is deemed by the DMV to be responsible shall be given a value of one point.)


How long does a point stay on my license?

The length of time depends on the severity of the offense.

Most points (illegal turn, not making a complete stop, driving over the speed limit, etc.) and/or accidents will stay on your DMV driver record for 36 months (3 years).

Points for more serious offenses, such as hit-and-run or a DUI, will stay on your license record for 10 years.


4 points and your license is suspended

Your driving privilege will be suspended by the California DMV and an Order of Probation/Suspension will be sent to you from the California DMV under the following conditions:

Points resulting in License Suspension
Point Count Time Period
You get 4 points Within 12 months
You get 6 points Within 24 months
You get 8 points Within 36 months


Why you should fight your traffic ticket

Most people when they get a traffic ticket usually just pay it off. The problems with this approach are that :-

  • It automatically puts a point on your driver's license record
  • 4 or more points can result in your license being suspended.
  • And it will probably increase your insurance rates.


Remove points from your license

We recommend that you do everything you can to fight your traffic ticket to avoid points going on your DMV driver's license record. Keep in mind you are allowed to do traffic school every 18 months and this will remove the point and ticket from your DMV record if done successfully.

Please call us at (310) 285-1516 for a free legal consultation with a Los Angeles Traffic Attorney,  to discuss preventing points from going on your license record.


4 points - Restricted License

If you get 4 or more points in one year call us immediately at (310) 285-1516 because we can help you get a restricted license from the DMV at a DMV Hearing if they are trying to suspend your license for too many points (negligent operator). Keep in mind if you get 4 points in a year you only have a short period of time to request a DMV Hearing to try to keep your license from being suspended.


traffic ticket los angelesWe can help keep the points off your license

We can help you fight your traffic ticket to keep the points off your license and save your driver's license from suspension. Call to speak to a Los Angeles Traffic Attorney for a free legal consultation regarding your case (310) 285-1516.


See also:-

California Vehicle Code (VC) violations for the number of points each violation puts on your driver's license.

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