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    Violation Point Values

    The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) assesses points against your permanent driving record each time you are convicted of, or forfeit bail for, a moving violation.

    • DUI (blood alcohol concentration (BAC of 0.08% or higher): 8 points
    • Extreme DUI: 8 points
    • Reckless driving: 8 points
    • Aggressive driving: 8 points
    • Leaving the scene of an accident: 6 points
    • Running a traffic signal or stop sign or failing to yield, thus causing death: 6 points
    • Running a traffic signal or stop sign or failing to yield, thus causing serious injury: 4 points
    • Speeding: 3 points
    • Driving over an area where one or more of the lanes diverge to go in a different direction (gore area): 3 points
    • All other driving violations: 2 points

    Losing Your License

    Different violations have different point values, but some have such high value that they invalidate your license immediately:

    • Operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug
    • Committing homicide or aggravated assault with a vehicle
    • Committing a felony in which a vehicle is used
    • Lying to the MVD under oath
    • Failing to stop if you are involved in a traffic accident
    • Participating in a drive-by shooting

    Motor Vehicle Records

    When you accrue points, they're put onto your driving record, or motor vehicle record (MVR).

    Reinstating Your License after Suspension

    The process of reinstating your license depends on the severity of your violation. If the reason for your suspension was minor and its term has ended, you may be able to complete the reinstatement process online with a credit card.

    However, if the court ordered your suspension, it must also clear you before you can apply to have your driver license reinstated. For details on your case, you can visit a MVD offices.

    When you have gathered the appropriate paperwork, you must return to the MVD, as you will be required to pay a series of fees. You are actually reapplying for a driver license, so you may be required to take the appropriate vision, written, and behind-the-wheel tests as well.

    Reinstating Your License after Revocation

    To reinstate your driver license after it has been revoked, you must first obtain an investigation packet by calling the MVD at (800) 251-5866.

    You will be notified if your request has been approved, at which time you can return to the MVD to reapply for a driver license. In addition to paying the reinstatement and reapplication fees, you may need to take the vision, written, and behind-the-wheel examinations associated with getting a new license.

    If, on the other hand, the MVD does not accept your request for reinstatement, you have the option to request an Administrative Hearing to plead your case or wait one more year before reapplying.

    Checking the Status of Your License

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.

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