DMV Point System in Indiana

Driving Record Points in Indiana

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) keeps track of your traffic violations and driving offenses using a point system. Every time you commit a traffic offense, points will be recorded on your driving history/driving record.

Too many traffic violations and their associated driving record points will generally lead to:

  • Driver's license suspensions, revocations, or cancellations.
  • Fines and fees owed to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) or your local traffic court.
  • Community service.
  • Driver improvement/defensive driver course completion requirements.
  • Higher car insurance rates.

On this page you'll find a basic overview of the Indiana point system and general information about some of the common consequences that may follow an accumulation of too many driving record points.

Point Violations in Indiana

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) assigns points for a wide range of driving infractions. The more serious the offense, the more points that are generally given. Below are some common violations that will earn you points:

  • Speeding.
  • Failure to use headlights when required.
  • Brake lights or signal lights not working.
  • Making an illegal U-turn.
  • Making an unsafe lane movement.
  • Failing to stop or yield.
  • Following too closely.
  • Driving with a suspended driver's license.
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
  • Involvement in a speed contest on the road.

If you have questions about a traffic ticket you've received or the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) point system in general, please contact the Indiana BMV.

Indiana Driver Improvement Program

If you are convicted of 2 traffic offenses or more within a period of 12 months, you will have to complete a Driver Safety Program (DSP).

Your IN driver's license will likely be suspended if you don't attend the school or pay the class fee within the time permitted. You will be notified by mail if you have to attend a class. However, if you've recently moved, it's up to you to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) of the change of your address.

Your DSP will educate you on becoming a safer and more responsible driver. Several companies offer the course, it's up to you to choose the one right for you. The maximum cost for the course is $55.

You may call the IN BMV for more information at (888) 692-6841.

For more information about driver improvement/defensive driving courses, please visit our Defensive Driving in Indiana page.

Check the Status of Your IN Driver's License

Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Indiana driver's license, you can order a driving record report.

Your Indiana driving record will generally include information about:

  • Whether your driver's license is valid, suspended, or cancelled.
  • How many Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) points you have accumulated.
  • The types of traffic violations you have committed.

If you have questions about what appears on your driving record, please contact the IN BMV.

Car Insurance Considerations

As a side note, accumulating points on your Indiana driving record can possibly result in higher insurance premiums. Check with your agent or insurance company for details.

You can also contact your car insurance provider to ask about opportunities you may have to take a voluntary defensive driving/driver improvement program to earn a discount on your rates or lower your premiums as a whole.

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