DMV Point System in Illinois
Driving Record Points in Illinois
Each time you are convicted of a moving violation, points will be added to your driving record as part of the Illinois DMV point system. The number of points you receive will vary according to the offense.
You face suspension or revocation of your driver's license if you amass too many traffic violations. The length of time you lose your IL driver's license will depend on how many points you've accumulated.
Additionally, accumulating too many points on your Illinois driving record can lead to:
- Fines and Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) administrative fees.
- Mandatory community service.
- Driver improvement course completion requirements.
- Higher insurance rates.
On this page you'll find an overview of the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) point system and some of the general consequences of receiving too many points and committing too many traffic violations.
Illinois Driving Record Points
Illinois has created a very comprehensive rundown of all possible offenses and points given in the Illinois traffic offenses table. Offenses range from speeding violations and disobeying traffic signals to driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and drug offenses.
The severity of the offense will generally dictate the number of points associated with it. Certain offenses may be settled by simply paying a fine, while other more serious offenses may require you to settle the matter in court and satisfy the requirements of a conviction.
For more information, please contact the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS). If you need legal advice, you should contact a lawyer.
Illinois SOS Penalties
If you are convicted of 3 traffic violations within 12 months it can result in the revocation or suspension of your driving privilege/driver's license. The duration and circumstances of this revocation or suspension depends on the number of points you have accumulated against your Illinois driver's license.
You can receive driving record points for a number of traffic offenses, such as:
- Texting while driving.
- Running a red light.
- Reckless or dangerous driving.
- Driving too close to another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
A full list of offenses and their associated points can be found in the Illinois Administrative Code.
Most of these traffic offenses will stay on your IL driving record for 4 to 5 years. If your Illinois driver's license is suspended for accumulating too many driving record points, the suspension will remain on your record for at least 7 years from the reinstatement date.
NOTE: If your conviction is drug or alcohol related, your offense will permanently show on your IL driving record.
For more information about how to avoid a driver's license suspension or how to reinstate one, see our Suspended License in Illinois page.
Check the Status of Your IL License
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Illinois driver's license, you can order a driving record report. Your Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) driving record will not only reveal whether you driver's license is suspended, valid, or revoked, but it will also tell you how many points you have accumulated and for what type of traffic violation.
If you have questions about the contents of your driving record or believe there is an error in the actions taken against your driver's license, please contact the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS).