DMV Point System in Delaware
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Delaware uses a point system in order to keep track of and correct problem drivers. Accumulation of points could lead higher annual insurance premiums and even to a suspended license.
Points are given to you for speeding, illegal passing, ignoring traffic signs, moving violations, reckless and aggressive driving. If you get a traffic ticket then chances are you'll get points, too.
The more serious the violation, the more points assessed. For example, you could get two points for driving anywhere from one to nine mph over the speed limit, but six points for driving aggressively.
The DMV knows that every driver is capable of making a mistake, so the consequences for gaining points ramp up depending on how many points you get during a certain period of time.
Delaware has a certain way of aging the points on your license. When you get the points they are assessed at full value. As the violation date ages, your points lose their value and next year they are cut in half.
For example, if you were ticketed for driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, speeding 15 mph over the limit, you would get five points. Using the system your five points would be only 2.5 next year and completely gone from your record in two years.
Despite the fact that points can eventually disappear, you must remember to follow the traffic rules. It would be unfortunate for you to gain new points while your old points are aging because the new points will count as full value until they, too, begin to age.
Once you reach eight points the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send you a notice explaining what you need to do about your driving record. After 12 points the consequences kick in and you will have to take driver improvement training.
If you reach 14 accumulated points on your driving record then you will lose your license for four months. Though four months may not sound like a long time, imagine yourself getting to work, school, or out for fun without a driver's license.
Accumulating points can be a difficult situation to correct. Be responsible and the first time you get points on your record, take the driver improvement course. Not only will you learn how to be a safer driver, you will get to remove three points from your driving record.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.
The DMV doesn't want you to lose your job or go into financial distress because your license has been suspended. You can choose to participate in the Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program. Inclusion in this program may make you eligible for the occupational or hardship license.
An occupational license is a driver's license with restrictions. Usually, you are allowed to drive to and from work only; no deviations. If you are caught violating the rules of your occupational license then you will incur more violations, more points, and a longer suspension term.
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- How to Check Your DMV Points
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