Florida Drivers License Point System
Driving is a privilege earned from hours of education, practice, and diligent on-the-road training. In order to maintain a level of safety and responsibility, the Florida DHSMV employs a point system in which it gives points for various traffic violations you may have incurred. The process is simple: whenever you get involved in a traffic violation, you’ll accrue points. Violations are assessed a point value based on severity, and once you reach a certain threshold of points in a set period of time, you may be punished in the form of license suspension.
Common Violations and Their Point Values
Minor speeding and moving violations typically punish drivers with 3 points. Essentially, if you’re not following the basic rules of the road, you’ll accrue 3 points for your violation. Some of these include:
- Speeding 15 mph or less over the speed limit
- Not properly changing lanes while on the road
- Cutting off a vehicle
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian
Traffic violations that are a bit more serious result in a more severe punishment. For example:
- Speeding more than 15 mph over the speed limit
- A moving violation that results in a crash
- Failure to stop at a traffic signal
- Reckless driving
- Failure to stop for a school bus, or passing a stopped school bus
The most serious traffic violations can earn you a whopping 6 points. These are ones in which injury and/or grave property damage are a possibility, such as:
- Speeding resulting in a crash
- Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50
The Florida DHSMV has a full list of violations and corresponding point values available for download on their website.
The Consequences of the Point System
Accrue enough points, and the Florida DHSMV is fully authorized to punish you by suspending your right to drive.
- Accumulate 12 points in 12 months, and you will be given a 30-day suspension of your drivers license.
- Accumulate 18 points in 18 months (including points from a 12-point suspension), and you will receive a 3-month suspension of your drivers license.
- Accrue 24 points in 36 months (including points from a 12-point and/or 18-point suspension), and your license will be suspended for 1 whole year.
Unfortunately, in the state of Florida there is currently no way to remove these points from your record.
How Many Points Do I Have?
Checking the amount of points you’ve accrued is as easy as obtaining your driving record. You can purchase your driving record from any of Florida’s many license offices, tax collectors and/or court clerks who offer this service, or even from private vendors.