Driver License Suspensions and Revocations
Points & Point Suspensions
Points from Florida Tickets
The point system is a graduated scale of points that assigns relative values to convictions.
When you receive a ticket, take it to the local clerk of court within 30 days. The following options are available at that time:
- Pay the ticket (paying means you are admitting guilt and points will be added to your driving record);
- Elect to attend driver improvement school to withhold points added (and bring the certificate of completion back to the court to prove you attended); or
- Go to court to contest the ticket.
You many not elect to attend traffic school if you have already paid the ticket. The election must be made when ticket payment is made. When you are ticketed, you may earn points against your driving record, which when accumulated may cause your license to be suspended.
To find out how many points are on your Florida driving record, you must purchase a copy of your driving record. The record clearly indicates the number of points with details regarding when and where citations were issued. Sanctions are based on specific number of points within a 12-month, 24-month or 36-month period.
Points from Out-of-State Tickets
If you get a ticket in another state, you will receive points on your Florida driving record if the violation is an offense that earns points in Florida. For example, if you get a speeding ticket for going 14 miles above the speed limit outside Florida, you will earn three points on your Florida record. In terms of points added to your driving record, Florida treats out-of-state citations as if the ticket was received in Florida. It does not matter how many points the other states would assess against their drivers for the same violation. The point system is a graduated scale of points that assigns relative values to convictions.
Florida drivers are not eligible to attend driving school for out-of-state tickets.
The department is authorized to suspend the license of any person who has accumulated 12 or more points within one year. Points are calculated by the date you received the ticket.
- 12 points accumulated within 12 months will result in a 30 day suspension of your driving privilege.
- 18 points accumulated within 18 months (including points from a 12 point suspension) will result in a 3-month suspension of your driving privilege.
- 24 points accumulated within 36 months (including points from a 12 point and/or 18 point suspension) will result in a one-year suspension of your driving privilege.