DMV Point System in Florida
If you have received a traffic ticket in Florida, then the Basic Driver Improvement (BDI & TCAC) 4 hour course is a great way to get a fine reduction and prevent points from hitting your record. FloridaDrivingCourse.com is a good choice for Florida traffic school online.
|By taking this class, you can keep points off your record for the current violation, you can hold onto your same insurance rate if the citation was not associated with an accident (statute 318.14 (9)), and you can maintain your safe-driver status. Just make sure you are only attending a driver improvement course once every 12 months and no more than five times in a ten year period.
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In the State of Florida, driving is considered a privilege that must be earned. You can lose your driving privileges for a number of infractions and matters as varied as failure to pay child support, addiction to drugs or alcohol, failure to pay traffic violation fines, and even racing on the highway.
Another way to lose your privilege to drive is to incur too many "violation points" on your license within a certain amount of time. Many common traffic infractions have a point value assigned to them, and a running tally is kept whenever you are ticketed. Points will remain against your driver's license for different time periods depending on the seriousness of the violation.
These are some infractions that will result in points against your license and their point values:
- Leaving the scene of an accident with damage of at least $50: 6 points
- Speed violations resulting in an accident: 6 points
- Driving recklessly: 4 points
- Moving violations that cause an accident: 4 points
- Attempting to pass a school bus that has stopped: 4 points
- Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 MPH or more: 4 points
- Not obeying traffic control signals or devices: 4 points
- Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 MPH or less: 3 points
- All other moving violations not previously mentioned: 3 points
- Driving with an open container: 3 points
- Violating child restraint regulations: 3 points
- Littering: 3 points.
These are only some of the violations that can result in points on your license. You can see a full list on the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Your license may be suspended if you incur the following points:
- 12 points within a period of 12 months― suspension of 30 days.
- 18 points within a period of 18 months― suspension of 3 months.
- 24 points within a period of 36 months― suspension of 1 year.
If you're a minor (under 18 years old), the law is even more strict; if you accrue just 6 points in a period of 12 months, your license will be limited to "business purposes only" for 1 year. Earning any more points while your license is restricted, will result in an extension of 90 days per point of your license restriction.
Points are given on the date the offense occurs. Driving out of state doesn't help, either; you'll accrue the same amount of points on your Florida license for convictions in any state or federal court.
If you need to check your driver's license status, you have a couple of options.
The Florida DHSMV offers a free license check service to see whether or not your license is currently valid. It DOES NOT provide any additional driver history information, such as how many points have accumulated on your license.
To get more information on your driver record and see your point accumulation, defensive driving course credits, or other important data, you can order a driving record report. This service is provided by third parties that are contracted with your state DMV to pull your entire driving history. A driving record is especially helpful in the event that you suspect you may be close to license suspension, or when you've taken a driving course to offset any potential license points.
If you are charged with a traffic violation that will result in points against your license, you can opt to take an approved driver improvement course (either online or in-person). The only exceptions to this are for criminal violations and drivers with commercial driver licenses (CDLs), regardless of the vehicle they were driving at the time of the infraction.