DMV Point System in Alabama
The Alabama Driving Record Point System
Driving record points serve to keep track of unsafe driving incidents and hold drivers accountable if they commit multiple traffic violations in a certain amount of time.
- Reckless driving: 6 points.
- Speeding (26 MPH or above): 5 points.
- Wrong side of road: 4 points.
- Illegal passing: 4 points.
- Following too closely: 3 points.
To learn more about the point system, please see the comprehensive list of points on the Alabama Department of Public Safety website.
Driving record points can lead to:
- A suspended, revoked, or cancelled driver's license.
- Community service and fines.
- Alabama DPS reinstatement fees.
- Mandatory completion of traffic school or a defensive driving course.
Additionally, too many driving record points or AL driver's license suspensions can lead to higher car insurance rates. If you find yourself in a situation where you are paying high car insurance premiums because of prior violations, you should contact your insurance provider to talk about options you may have for lowering your rates.
On this page, you'll find an overview of the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) driving record point system. If you are looking for information about ordering your driving record, suspended driver's licenses, driver's license reinstatements, or defensive driving/traffic school, please visit our pages on the following topics:
You can lose your driver's license by not following Alabama traffic laws. Offenses, such as using a vehicle while committing a felony, can also cause you to lose your driver's license or have it suspended.
The length of your driver's license suspension in Alabama is determined by the number of points gained during a specific period. The following list is used to determine the length of your suspension time:
- 12 to 14 points within 2 years: 60 days.
- 15 to 17 points within 2 years: 90 days.
- 18 to 20 points within 2 years: 120 days.
- 21 to 23 points within 2 years: 180 days.
- 24 points and more within 2 years: 365 days.
The number of points that will be assessed to your driving record will depend on your traffic offense. Generally, more serious offenses are associated with more driving record points. If you have any questions about the point systems, please contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The Department of Public Safety will notify you in writing should a suspension take place.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Alabama driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.
Ordering your driving record will not only reveal information about the status of your AL driver's license, but it will also:
- Show you how many points you have incurred.
- Show which violations you've been convicted of.
If you are worried about receiving a driver's license suspension or want to find out ways to remove points, ordering your driving record is a good start.