Driver License Suspensions and Revocations

Points & Point Suspensions

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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 may 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.

Below are the most 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

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.

 

Point Suspensions
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.