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    Driving is Not a Right

    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 remain against your driver's license for five years.

    Point Values

    The following infractions will result in six points against your license:

    • Leaving the scene of an accident with damage of at least $50
    • Speed violations resulting in an accident

    These infractions will earn you four points:

    • Driving recklessly
    • Moving violations that cause an accident
    • Attempting to pass a school bus that has stopped
    • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 16 mph or more
    • Ignoring traffic control signals or devices

    Three-point infractions include:

    • Minors driving during restricted hours (see note below)
    • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 mph or less
    • All other moving violations not previously mentioned
    • Curfew violations
    • Driving with an open container
    • Violating child restraint regulations

    Point Maximums

    Your license may be suspended if you incur the following points:

    • 12 points within a 12-month period―30-day suspension
    • 18 points within an 18-month period―three-month suspension
    • 24 points within a 36-month period―one-year suspension

    If you're a minor (under age 18), the law is even more strict; if you accrue just six points in a 12-month period, your license will be limited to "business purposes only" for one whole year. Earning more than six points in that same time period will result in an 90-day extension of your license limitations.

    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.

    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.

    Driver Courses

    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.

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