DMV Point System in Connecticut
How the DMV Point System Works
If you get stopped for a moving violation in Connecticut, expect to get hit with both a fine and points against your license. Points are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles every time you are convicted of a moving violation. If you accumulate enough points, your driver's license will be suspended.
Although traffic violations are almost always issued by local or state police officers, all violations are reported to the DMV, which assesses and manages license points. Points remain in effect for 24 months after the date of assessment.
If you get 6 points on your driving record, expect a warning letter from the DMV. Get 10 points or more and your driver's license will be suspended for 30 days.
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.
Connecticut DMV Point Schedule
The DMV assesses points for each of the following infractions:
- Operating at unreasonable rate of speed.
- Failure to drive in the proper lane.
- Illegal use of limited access highway by a bus, commercial vehicle, or vehicle with a trailer.
- Improper operation on multiple-lane highways.
- Improper operation on a divided highway.
- Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street.
- Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, or failure to signal intention to turn.
- Improper backing or starting.
- Failure to give proper signal.
- Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing.
- Wrong way on a one-way street.
- Slow speed, impeding traffic.
- Disobeying orders of an officer.
- Entering or leaving a controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit.
- Entry upon a limited access highway at a point other than a highway intersection or designated location.
- Executing a turn from the wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices.
- Failure to obey the signal at a railroad crossing.
- Failure by a school bus, commercial motor vehicle carrying flammable or explosive substance, taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, motor bus, or a motor vehicle used for the transportation of school children to stop at a railroad crossing.
- Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions.
- Failure to obey traffic control signal light.
- Failure to obey stop sign.
- Failure to obey yield sign.
- Operating a vehicle through a pedestrian safety zone.
- Driving while impaired.
- Failure to keep right when meeting opposing traffic.
- Improper passing or failure to yield to a passing vehicle.
- Passing on the right.
- Passing in a no passing zone.
- Failure to keep to the right on a curve, grade, or when approaching an intersection.
- Failure to drive at a reasonable distance apart from other vehicles.
- Failure to grant the right of way at an intersection.
- Failure to grant the right of way at a junction of highways.
- Failure to yield when emerging from a driveway or private road.
- Failure to grant the right of way when emerging from an alley, driveway, or building.
- Failure to grant the right of way to an ambulance, police, or fire apparatus.
- Failure to grant the right of way to a pedestrian.
- Wagering, speed record.
- Failure to drive at a reasonable distance apart from another vehicle or intent to harass.
- Passing a stopped school bus.
- Operation of a school bus at excessive speed.
- Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.
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