DMV Point System in Georgia
Georgia tracks incompetent drivers―or those with bad habits― through the use of a point system, as do many other states. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and if you prove to be a bad, dangerous, or reckless driver, your license can be suspended, canceled, or revoked.
Your license will be suspended if you have a point accumulation of 15 points within a period of 24 months, or if you commit one or more of several different serious violations.
Suspension, cancellation, or revocation of your license will cause your automobile insurance rates to rise, or possibly even cause your insurance company to cancel your policy.
Points are issued and accumulated in a variety of ways. Below is a sampling of common offenses and their point assignments:
- Reckless driving: 4 points
- Unlawfully passing a school bus: 6 points
- Improper passing on a hill or curve: 4 points
- Speeding (miles per hour over the speed limit):
- 15 -18 MPH: 2 points
- 19 - 23 MPH: 3 points
- 24 to 33 MPH: 4 points
- 34 MPH or more: 6 points
- Use of wireless telecommunication device violation: 1 point
- Text messaging while operating a vehicle: 1 point
- Disobedience of any traffic-control device: 3 points
- Disobedience of any traffic officer: 3 points
- Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving: 2 points
- Failure to secure a load resulting in an accident: 2 points
- All other moving violations: 3 points
- Child restraint (1st offense): 1 point
- Child restraint (2nd and subsequent offense): 2 points
- Aggressive driving: 6 points
- HOV lane violation (4th and subsequent offense): 1 point
To see how many points are on your driving record, you can always order a copy of your records. It's a smart thing to do from time to time just to make sure that no errors have been made and that points have dropped off in the prescribed length of time.
After the appointed time period has lapsed for your license suspension, you can request license reinstatement in different ways.
You can visit a customer service center that offers full reinstatement. Not all driver's license offices offer this service, so you may need to have a licensed driver take you to a nearby county to have yours done. Check the list to find the closest facility.
You can also write a letter of request to have it reinstated. Send your full name, address, driver's license number, date of birth, and signature to the following address:
- Georgia Department of Driver Services
- P.O. Box 80447
- Conyers, GA 30013
For further details about getting your license back, you may call the Department of Driver Services at (678) 413-8400 if you're calling from the metro Atlanta area. From outside metro Atlanta, call toll-free (866) 754-3687
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