DMV Point System in Alaska
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The Alaska DMV has a points system in place to keep track of driving infractions. These points are entered against your driving records any time you are convicted of a traffic violation. The number of points for a given offense is based on the severity of the moving violation.
According to the State of Alaska Driver Manual, the following point assignments are applied to these violation convictions, whether they occur in Alaska or any other state:
- Driving on suspended or revoked license: 10 points
- Reckless driving: 10 points
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer: 10 points
- Speed contest/racing: 10 points
- Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle: 10 points
- Manslaughter with a motor vehicle: 10 points
- Assault with a motor vehicle: 10 points
- Leaving the scene of an accident: Nine points
- Negligent driving: Six points
- Failure to yield to authorized emergency vehicle: Six points
- Failure to stop for school bus loading/unloading: Six points
- Failure to obey traffic control devices in school zone, playgrounds or park: Six points
- Careless driving: Four points
- Following too close: Four points
- Failure to stop or yield: Four points
- All other moving violations: Two points
- In a school zone or playground crosswalk: Six points
- Three to nine mph over speed limit: Two points
- Ten to 19 mph over speed limit: Four points
- Twenty mph or more over speed limit: Six points
As you accumulate points, the first action the Alaska DMV will take is issuing a warning letter. This letter will list the points against your record and will detail the moving violations. The warning will suggest that you re-think your driving habits.
The next step will be an interview with a driving examiner at the DMV office. At this meeting the examiner may offer to reduce your point total if you successfully complete a defensive driving course or other traffic school. You may do this only once in each 12-month period.
Finally, an accumulation of 12 or more points in 12 months or 18 or more points in a 24-month period will result in the mandatory suspension or revocation of your driving privileges for a predetermined time period.
Alaska law does not provide for hardship exceptions in the case of a points revocation. The driver license revocation decision is final and must remain in place for the full length of the revocation period.
In order to have your driving privileges reinstated, you will be required to apply for a new license and do the following:
- Pass the written knowledge test
- Pass the vision test
- Pay the reinstatement and license fees
- Submit proof of SR-22 car insurance
- Present a signed Parental Consent form, if you are younger than 18
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.
After you have had a license revocation, your driving records will continue to show that the DMV took an action against your license. This could result in increased insurance premiums. If you feel that the record shows something that should have been cleared, or if there is an unfair or inappropriate entry, request a copy of your driving record and, if necessary, consult with a traffic ticket lawyer to help you set the record straight.
Sometimes, records get entered incorrectly. Perhaps you successfully completed a defensive driving course but were never given the point reduction. These things can, and do happen. In most cases, they will be discovered when the DMV examiner reviews your driving record. If not, or if you feel that you have been charged with points that should not be on your record, you have the option of requesting a hearing with the DMV.
If you choose to request a hearing, consider a consultation with an attorney who is experienced in DMV matters. Having a professional on your side can sometimes mean the difference between losing and keeping your driving privileges.
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