Points on your license

California Vehicle Code (VC) violations & points on your license

On this page you will find an introduction to the California DMV point system, and a list showing how many points each California VC violation puts on your driver's license.

To learn how to remove points from your license,  how to save your license from suspension, and why we recommend you fight your ticket, see California DMV Point System - save your license.

 

4 Points and your drivers license is suspended

California DMV point system & Negligent Operator

The California DMV (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 you get 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 the car is in motion. Moving Violations put 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 or paperwork violations relating to insurance or registration do NOT put points on your license. Talking on the cell phone does NOT put a point on your license.

Examples of Points

If you cause an accident you will most likely get a point on your record. In addition if you get a DUI, Hit & Run, Driving on a suspended license or get caught driving over 100 mph, etc. you face two points going on your license.  The California DMV will put a point on your driver's license record if they find out about an out of state traffic ticket you got.

 

What to do about Points on your License

See California DMV Point System - save your license to learn more about the Points System, how to remove points from your license,  how to save your license from suspension, and why we recommend you fight your ticket.

 

Point Count - California Vehicle Code (VC) Violations

(See also Points for Out of State violations)

Section
Violation
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

VC 20001, 20001a 20002, 20002a, 20002b

Hit and run/injury/property damage

Two points
VC 21100.3

Disregarding traffic officer's directions

One point

VC 21209, 21209a

Driving in bicycle lane

One point

VC 21367, 21367a, 21367b, 21367c

Disobedience to traffic signs/controller

One point

VC 21451, 21451a, 21451b

Illegal movement/green light/arrow

One point

VC 21452, 21452a

Illegal movement/yellow light/arrow

One point

VC 21453, 21453a, 21453b, 21453c

Illegal movement/red/light/arrow

One point

VC 21454, 21454a - d, 21455

Traffic signals

One point

VC 21457, 21457a, 21457b

Disobedience to flashing signals

One point

VC 21460a, 21460b

Double lines/one broken line

One point
VC 21460.5c

Use of two-way left turn lane

One point

VC 21461, 21461a, 21462

Disobedience to traffic control device

One point

VC 21650, 21650a - f

Keep right

One point

VC 21651, 21651a

Crossing divided highway

One point
VC 21651b

Driving wrong side/divided highway

Two points
VC 21652

Entering highway from service road

One point

VC 21654, 21654a, 21654b, 21655, 21655b

Lane use/slow moving vehicle

One point
VC 21655.8

High-occupancy vehicle lane/entering/exiting

One point

VC 21656 - 21662, 21662a, 21662b

Improper lane use

One point
VC 21663

Driving on sidewalk

One point
VC 21664

Freeway ramp/entering/exiting

One point

VC 21700

Load obstructing driver's view

One point
VC 21701

Interfering with driver's control of vehicle

One point

VC 21702, 21702a, 21702b

Driving hours limitation

One point

VC 21703, 21704, 21704a, 21705, 21706

Following too closely

One point
VC 21707

Driving in fire area

One point
VC 21709

Driving in safety zone

One point
VC 21711

Towed vehicle swerving

One point

VC 21712, 21712a, 21712d, 21712f, 21715, 21715a, 21715b

Unlawful riding/towing

One point
VC 21717

Turning across bicycle lane

One point

VC 21750 - 21757, 21758, 21759

Illegal passing

One point

VC 21800 - 21804, 21804a, 21804b

Right-of-way

One point

VC 21805, 21805b

Yielding right-of-way to horseback rider

One point

VC 21806, 21806a

Yielding right-of-way to emergency vehicle

One point
VC 21807

Unsafe operation of emergency vehicle

One point

VC 21950, 21950a, 21951, 21952

Yielding right-of-way to pedestrian

One point

VC 21954, 21954b

Due care for pedestrian on roadway

One point
VC 21960a

Prohibited use of freeway

One point
VC 21963

Yielding right-of-way to blind pedestrian

One point

VC 22100 - 22105

Turning and U-turns

One point
VC 22106

Unsafe starting/backing of vehicle

One point

VC 22107 - 22111, 22111a, 22111b, 22111c

Signaling turns and stops

One point

VC 22112, 22112a

School bus signaling

One point

VC 22348, 22348a, 22348c

Speed/use of designated lanes

One point
VC 22348b

Speed over 100 MPH

Two points

VC 22349, 22349.5

Maximum speed

One point

VC 22350, 22351, 22352, 22352a, 22352b

Basic/prima facie speed limit

One point

VC 22354, 22355

Exceeding posted/freeway speed limit

One point

VC 22356, 22356b

Maximum speed 70 mph

One point

VC 22357, 22358.4

Speed in excess of local limits

One point

VC 22359, 22360, 22361

Speed in excess of local limits

One point
VC 22362

Speed/construction zone

One point
VC 22363

Restricted speed/weather conditions

One point
VC 22364

Speed/traffic lanes

One point

VC 22400, 22400a, 22400b

Driving too slow

One point

VC 22405, 22405a

Speed/bridge/tunnel

One point

VC 22406, 22407

Maximum designated vehicle speed

One point

VC 22409, 22410

Speed/solid/metal tires

One point
VC 22413

Speed limit on grades

One point

VC 22450, 22451, 22452, 22452a, 22452b

Stop required/railroad crossing

One point
VC 22454

Stop for school bus

One point

VC 23103, 23103a,23103 b

Reckless driving

Two points

VC 23104, 23104a

Reckless driving/causing bodily injury

Two points

VC 23109, 23109b, 23109d

Speed contest/aiding or abetting

One point

VC 23109a, 23109c

Speed contest /exhibition of speed

Two points

VC 23116, 23116a

Transporting person in truck load space

One point
VC 23127

Driving on trails and paths

One point

VC 23140, 23140a, 23140b

Minor driving with BAC of 0.05% or more

Two points

VC 23152, 23152a-d

DUI/alcoholic beverage or drugs

Two points

VC 23153, 23153a-d

DUI/causing bodily injury or death

Two points
VC 23220

Drinking while driving

One point

VC 23222, 23222a, 23222b

Marijuana or open container/driving

One point
VC 23235

Ignition interlock verification

One point

VC 23244, 23244b

Defeating ignition interlock device

One point
VC 23253

Disobedience to toll highway officer

One point

VC 23270, 23270a

Unauthorized towing

One point

VC 23330, 23330c

Width/load of vehicle at crossing

One point
VC 23336

Disobedience to sign/vehicle crossing

One point

VC 24002, 24002a, 24002b

Unsafe/unlawfully equipped vehicle

One point
VC 24004

Operation after notice by officer

One point
VC 24250

Lighting equipment

One point

VC 24409, 24409a, 24409b

Failure to dim lights

One point
VC 24604

Lamps/flag for extended load

One point

VC 25103, 25103a, 25103b

Lamps on projecting load

One point

VC 26301, 26302, 26302a, 26302b, 26302c

Brakes

One point

VC 26303, 26304, 26304a, 26304b

Brakes/combination vehicles

One point
VC 26307

Forklift truck brakes

One point

VC 26311, 26311a, 26311b, 26311c

All wheel service brakes

One point

VC 26456, 26457

Brakes/stopping distance

One point

VC 26458, 26458a, 26458.5

Braking system/towing vehicles

One point
VC 26502a

Adjustment/use of air brakes

One point

VC 26503 - 26506, 26506a, 26507

Airbrake system

One point

VC 26508, 26508a - c, 26508e - k, 26508o

Emergency stopping system

One point

VC 26520, 26521, 26522

Vacuum brakes

One point

VC 27360, 27360a - c, 27360.5, 27360a - c

Child Passenger restraint

One point

VC 27363, 27363b

Child seat belt

One point

VC 27800, 27801, 27801a, 27801b

Motorcycle/passengers and equipment

One point
VC 2800

Disobedience to traffic officer

One point
VC 2800.1

Evading peace officer

One point
VC 2801

Disobedience to fire official

One point

VC 2803, 2803a, 2803b, 2803c

Unsafe vehicle load

One point
VC 2815

Disregarding non-student crossing guard

One point
VC 2816

Youth bus/children crossing highway

One point
VC 2817

Disregarding funeral escort officer

One point
VC 2818

Crossing safety flares/cones

One point

VC 2800.2, 2800.3

Evading peace officer/reckless driving

Two points

VC 29001, 29002

Fifth wheel connecting/locking device

One point

VC 29003a, 29003b, 29003c

Hitch and coupling device

One point

VC 29004, 29004a - c, 29006, 29006a

Towed vehicle coupling

One point
VC 29201

Pole dolly/load and length

One point

VC 31301, 31301a

Caldecott tunnel restrictions

One point

VC 31303, 31303b, 31303c, 31303e

Hazardous waste transportation

One point
VC 31402

Farm labor vehicle/unsafe operation

One point

VC 31540, 31504b

Removable containers/regulations

One point

VC 31602, 31602a, 31602b, 31602c

Explosives transportation

Two points

VC 31614, 31614a, 3164b, 31614d - f 31614h, 31614i

Explosives transportation

One point

VC 32104, 32104a, 32104b, 32105, 32105a, 32105c-e

Inhalation hazard transportation

One point

VC 32106, 32106a - d

Inhalation hazard transportation

One point
VC 34102

Tank vehicle regulations

One point

VC 34501.2, 34501a, 34501c

Driving hours limitations

One point

VC 34506, 34506a - g

Driving hours, equipment, maintenance, operation

One point
VC 34506.3

Safety regulation violation

One point

VC 34509, 34509c, 34509d

Vanpool vehicle maintenance inspection

One point

VC 35784, 35784a, 35784b

Violation of special permit

One point

VC 35784.5, 35784a, 35784b

Extralegal load/weight

One point
VC 36400

Lift-carrier/speed

One point
VC 36705

Bale wagon load width during darkness

One point

  

Other Common California Code Violations

Used In Negligent Operator Count

The following violations can also put points on your license record.

Section
Code
Violation
Points
49307 or 12059 Education

Disobedience to school safety patrol

1

PC 191.5a, 192c1-192c4, 192.3c, 192.3d

Penal

Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence

2

PC 192c, 192.3, 192.3a, 192.3b

Penal

Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence

1
27176

Streets and highways

Speeding on Golden Gate Bridge

1

 

How the Points system works

Go to our California DMV Point System page to learn how the DMV Point System works,  how you remove points from your license and how to save your license from suspension.

See also Points for Out of State violations.

 

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