DMV Point System in Indiana
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The state assigns points for driving infractions in two-point increments up to eight. The more serious the offense, the more points that are given. Points stay on your license for two years from the date of conviction. Below are some common violations, and their corresponding points:
- One to 15 mph over the speed limit
- Failure to use headlights
- Brake lights or signal lights not working
- 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit
- Illegal U-turn
- Unsafe lane movement
- 26 mph or more over the speed limit
- Failure to stop or yield
- Following too closely
- Driving with a suspended license
- Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
- Speed contest on road
Your license will 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.
The DSP offers an education about defensive driving. Several companies offer the course. You may complete a home study workbook, video or Internet class, or go through classroom instruction. A court may require you to take the classroom course. The DSP classes cost no more than $55.
If you successfully complete a DSP, you receive a four-point credit on your license that will remain for three years. This does not mean that four points will come off your license.
You should note that all drivers may take a DSP class, whether they are required to or not. If you volunteer to take the class, you will still need to pay the fee, and you will be given the same four-point credit on your license. You can only receive this credit once every three years.
You may call the BMV for more information at (888) 692-6841.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.
If you accumulate 18 or more points on your license within a two-year period, you must attend an administrative hearing. At the hearing, a determination will be made to either place you on probation, or have your license suspended for one to 12 months. You may also required to attend an approved DSP. If you don't show at the hearing, the hearing officer will make a ruling in your absence.
After you have successfully completed and paid for a state-approved driving program, as well as served your suspension time, you may apply for reinstatement at any of the eight reinstatement branches located throughout Indiana.
As a side note, accumulating points on your license can possibly result in higher insurance premiums. Sometimes, all it takes is a two-point violation. Check with your agent or insurance company for details.
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