DMV Point System in Kentucky
Point systems are used to help monitor and correct drivers, identify habitual reckless or negligent drivers, and promote safety on the road.
Many insurance companies raise rates for drivers with excessive points on their driving records, and many employers require clean driving records for employment.
Below is an outline of the Kentucky Point System. The court will send notices of these point accumulations to the Division of Driver Licensing (DDL). (Visit our DUI/DWI section for the more serious consequences of driving under the influence.)
The following will are violations that will earn you points:
- Stop violations (electric signal, railroad crossing, stop sign).
- Failing to yield, including failing to yield right-of-way to a funeral procession.
- Driving the wrong direction on a one-way street.
- Driving too fast/slow for conditions.
- Improper driving, starting, turning.
- Failing to illuminate/dim headlights.
- Driving carelessly.
- Improper lane usage, including improper left lane/limited-access highway usage.
- Failing to comply with instructional permit requirements/regulations.
- Any other hazardous moving violations.
- Driving recklessly.
- Following too closely.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Changing drivers in a moving vehicle.
- Not having control of the vehicle.
- Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
- Commission of hazardous moving violation involving an accident.
- Failing to stop for a school or church bus.
If you are under 18 years old and accumulate 7 points or more within 2 years, you'll be notified by the Transportation Cabinet of your point total and your license may be suspended.
If you are over 18 years old and accumulate 12 points or more within 2 years, you'll be notified by the Transportation Cabinet of your point total and you license may be suspended.
In the event that you do accumulate 7 points (as a minor) or 12 points (as an adult) within 2 years, the Transportation Cabinet will hold a hearing to assess your future driving privileges. Not attending your hearing will result in an immediate suspension of your license for 6 months for the first accumulation, 1 year upon the second accumulation, and 2 years for any further accumulation within 2 years.
If your driving privileges are suspended more than once, the suspension time will run consecutively.
If you do attend your hearing, you may be placed on probation and required to attend a traffic school instead of suspension.
In the event that you're placed on probation, you will not be eligible for it again for 2 years after the end of the latest probation period.
For more information about about traffic tickets and traffic schools, visit our Traffic Tickets section.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver's license, you can order a driving record report.
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