Driver License Suspensions and Revocations

Points & Point Suspensions

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Please visit our Traffic Citations webpage for information on citations received in Florida.

Points from Florida Tickets

The point system is a graduated scale that assigns relative values to convictions.

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 may. The record will indicate the number of points with details regarding when and where citations were issued.

Points from Out-of-State Tickets

If a driver holds a Florida license and they received a citation in another state, the citation will be sent to Florida to be added to the driver record. Points will be added to the driver license if the citation is a point-accessible violation according to Florida Statute 322.27(3). Florida law does not allow any school or program to remove points for a citation received in another state.

Common Traffic Violation Points

Below are some common traffic violations and their associated points. For a complete list of all traffic violations and their point values, click here.

Common Traffic Violation Points

DescriptionPoints
RECKLESS DRIVING4
CRASH - Leaving scene without giving information more than $50 damage (specify amount)6
CRASH - Fail to leave information UNATTENDED vehicle - property damage6
CARELESS DRIVING3
SPEEDING3
Violation of 316.183(2), 316.187, or 316.189, Speed in excess of 50 MPH4
TOO fast for conditions3
Passing on enter/exit side while bus is stopped [See 318.19(3) Mandatory Hearing Required]4
SCHOOL BUS - failure to stop for (school election available to have adjudication withheld)4
Fail to stop at STEADY RED signal, one-way street, before making left turn4
Fail to obey traffic control signal (Failed to stop at traffic signal/red light)4
Fail to stop at STEADY RED signal3
Failed to yield right-of-way to pedestrian3
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE Fail to obey traffic control device (sign)3
FAILED TO YIELD3
BACKING - improper3
CHILD RESTRAINT - Infant thru 3 years MUST be in SEPARATE carrier, 4-5 years in carrier/seat belt. Applies to ANY location in vehicle (Driver to be cited)3
Child Restraint required3

Point Suspensions

Points are assigned based on the type of conviction and remain on the driver record for at least five years from the date of disposition (conviction). If a driver accumulates too many points in a set time frame, their driving privileges will be suspended.

The following chart shows the duration of suspension for each point accumulation threshold:

PointsSuspension
12 points within 12 months30-day suspension
18 points within 18 monthsThree-month suspension
24 points within 36 monthsOne-year suspension

A driver may apply for a hardship license through their local Administrative Reviews Office. To obtain a hardship license, the driver must submit proof of an Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) school completion and pay a reinstatement fee, along with other applicable license fees. (Additional suspensions may require additional clearance requirements).  A hardship license restricts driving to employment or business purposes only.

If the suspension period has expired, the driver may apply for a full reinstatement of the driving privilege by submitting proof of an Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) school enrollment and paying a reinstatement fee, along with other applicable license fees, to any Florida driver license service center. (Additional suspensions may require additional clearance requirements).

Out-of-state residents may send the proof of school enrollment and reinstatement fee to:

The Bureau of Motorist Compliance
P.O. Box 5775
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-5775

Check or money orders should be made payable to the Division of Motorist Services.  Please include your Florida driver record number. Allow ten business days for processing.

You may check the status of your driver license by using our Online Driver License Check.