DMV Point System in Georgia
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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 for six months or more, canceled, or revoked.
Your license will be suspended if you have a point accumulation of 15 points within a 24-month period, or if you commit one or more of several different serious violations. Drivers under 21 years old can have their license suspended for being convicted of just one four-point offense.
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.
Further, to get your license back after a suspension, you may be required to complete a defensive driving program approved by the Department of Driver Services and pay a reinstatement fee of $210 ($200 processed by mail rather than in person).
NOTE: The cost goes up the more points violation suspensions you have.
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
- 24-34 MPH: 4 points
- 34 MPH or more: 6 points
- Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer: 3 points
- Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving: 2 points
- Failure to secure a load: 2 points
- All other moving violations: 3 points
- Child restraint (first offense): 1 point
- Child restraint (second and subsequent offense): 2 points
- Aggressive driving: 6 points (license suspension for Drivers under 21 years old)
- HOV lane violation (fourth 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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- DMV Point System Basics: What Are Points and How Do I Get Rid of Them?
- The Perils of Accumulating Driving Record Points
- How Long Points Stay on Your Driving Record
- Actions That Lead to the Loss of Driving Privileges
- How to Check Your DMV Points
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