DMV Point System in Maryland
When you commit a moving violation in Maryland, the occasion will be marked with more than a citation on your record.
Each violation in MD will leave points on your driver's license. Read below to find out more about how the points you acquire may affect your ability to drive in Maryland.
Maryland Point System Basics
When it comes to points on your MD license, you should follow the “golf rule,” and try to aim for the smallest number possible.
Each time you're convicted of or plead guilty to a moving violation in Maryland, a certain number of points will be added to your record. The specific number depends on the violation's severity.
Acquiring the following point totals over the course of 2 years can lead to a number of warnings and penalties, including:
- 3 to 4 points:
- A warning letter sent by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).
- 5 to 7 points:
- Required enrollment in a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
- 8 to 11 points:
- Your license will be suspended.
- 12 points or more:
- Your license will be revoked.
Keep reading to see how many points you may be on the hook for when committing some common violations.
NOTE: Commercial vehicle drivers may face additional penalties for points on their MD license.
Worried about your current auto insurance rate? It will likely change if you get too many points on your license. Find out more about how your insurance rate works—and how you can keep it as low as possible.
MD Point System Schedule
The amount of points that will go on your Maryland driving record depend upon the severity of the violation you committed.
The most common citations come with fewer points, with more serious indiscretions carrying far more points.
Some common low-point carrying traffic tickets include:
- Not stopping at a red signal/stop sign.
- Failing to use a turn signal.
- Changing lanes in an unsafe situation.
- Not turning in a “turn only” lane.
- Some speeding tickets (depending on how fast over the posted limit you were driving).
Higher-point carrying tickets are often far more serious, and include situations such as:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Unlawful use of your MD driver's license.
- Loaning or borrowing a driver's license.
The MD MVA includes a complete list of traffic violations—and their coordinating points—in its pamphlet on traffic citations.
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Reducing Points on your MD Driving Record
Maryland is strict—and has a long memory—when it comes to points on your driving record.
Points stay on your Maryland record for 3 years from the date of your conviction.
After that, they will only be removed if you have NOT:
- Had additional moving violations/criminal offenses over those 3 years.
- Had your license revoked or suspended at any point in your past.
- Ever been convicted of/put on probation for:
- Leaving the scene of an accident.
- Driving under the influence.
Whether or not you meet all of the qualifications, you can also request to have your record manually expunged—or, scrubbed of all previously acquired points.
To do so, you'll have to fill out an Expungement Request (Form AJ-058) or write a letter to the Maryland Administrative Adjudication Division (AAD).
The form or letter should be sent to the AAD at:
Administrative Adjudication Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Check out the MD MVA's explanation of expunged records for information.
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