DMV Point System in Idaho

Points by Violation

Here is how points are assigned for moving violations, according to current Idaho law. Points are assessed based on violations of the laws in Chapters 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 of the Idaho Title 49 Motor Vehicle Code.

  • Starting parked/stopped/standing vehicle unsafely: 2 points.
  • Backing up unsafely: 1 point.
  • Driving without due care: 3 points.
  • Driving through a prohibited safety zone: 2 points.
  • Failing to yield to authorized emergency police vehicles: 3 points.
  • Failing to drive on right side of road - exceptions: 3 points.
  • Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions: 2 points.
  • Overtaking a vehicle on the left: 3 points.
  • When passing on right is permitted: 2 points.
  • Limitations on overtaking on the left: 3 points
  • Further limitations on driving on the left of the center of a highway: 3 points.
  • One-way highways: 1 point.
  • Driving on highways laned for traffic: 1 point.
  • Following too closely: 3 points
  • Vehicle approaching or entering unmarked/uncontrolled intersection: 3 points.
  • Vehicle turning left: 3 points.
  • Vehicle entering highway: 3 points.
  • Required position and method of turning: 3 points.
  • Limitations on turning around: 3 points.
  • Obedience to a signal indicating the approach of a train: 4 points.
  • Compliance with stopping requirements at all railroad grades: 4 points.
  • Emerging from an alley, driveway, or building: 3 points.
  • Basic rule and maximum speed limits*: 3 points or 4 points.
  • Minimum speed regulation: 3 points.
  • Special speed limitations* : 3 points or 4 points.
  • Construction danger zone speed limits: 3 points.
  • Pedestrian's Right-of-way in a crosswalk: 3 points.
  • Obedience to and required traffic control devices: 3 points.
  • Traffic control signal legend: 3 points.
  • Flashing signals: 3 points.
  • Stop signs: 3 points.
  • Failure to yield―signed intersection: 3 points.
  • Turning movement and required signals: 3 points.
  • Duty to give information in accident involving damage to a vehicle: 4 points.
  • Duty upon striking unattended vehicle: 4 points.
  • Duty upon striking fixtures upon, or adjacent to, a highway: 4 points.
  • Inattentive driving: 3 points.
  • Obedience to traffic direction: 2 points.
  • Driving on divided highways: 1 point.
  • Restricted access: 1 point.
  • Overtaking and passing a school bus: 4 points.
  • Racing on public highways: 4 points.

*If you go over the speed limit by 1 to 15 MPH, you'll get 3 points. If you go 16 MPH over, then you are looking at 4 points.


The number of points alone may not seem so bad until you look at the penalty that goes along with them. If you accumulate 12 to 17 points in 1 year, you face a suspension of your driver's license for 30 days. 18 to 23 points in 2 years will get you a suspended license for 90 days. 24 points or more in 3 years will earn you a suspension for 6 months. You'll also have to pay for your mistake.

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