DMV Point System in North Carolina
Driving Record Points in North Carolina
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) keeps track of your traffic violations by adding points to your driving record. If you accumulate too many points, you run the risk of:
- Receiving a driver's license suspension, revocation, or cancelation.
- Being required to complete a driver improvement/defensive driving course.
- Owing fees and fines to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and/or the traffic court.
- Driver's license restrictions.
On this page you'll find a general overview of the North Carolina DMV point system and some common penalties for receiving too many points.
For information about some topics related to driving record points, please visit our pages on:
- Suspended License in North Carolina
- Driving Records in North Carolina
- Defensive Driving in North Carolina
If you have questions about your driver's license, driving record, or a recent traffic violation, please contact your traffic court or the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
What is the North Carolina point system? If you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations, you get points added to your driving record. NC has a fairly complicated system, as compared with other states.
Understand that point accumulation leads to penalties like a driver's license suspension. For example, when you get 12 points within 3 years, you could have your driver's license suspended. Once it's reinstated, accumulating 8 points within the next 3 years will result in another suspension.
Once your privileges are returned, the points are voided.
Driver Improvement Clinic
Fortunately, the system is designed to help you become a better driver, and you can even have points reduced. When you accumulate 7 points on your driving record, for example, you might have to complete a driver improvement clinic, which costs $50. Once you complete the course, you will have 3 points taken off your record.
Insurance companies use a different point system altogether. If you are convicted of any of these violations, or you have questions about insurance rates, you may want to contact your insurance agent to learn about opportunities you may have to earn a discount and lower your rates. Some car insurance providers may allow you to take a defensive driving course/driver improvement clinic to lower your rates.
Below are a few common examples of offenses that will earn you points on your driving record.
- Reckless driving.
- Following too closely.
- Illegal passing.
- Running through a red light.
You can read all of the violations that lead to points in the NC Driver Handbook.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will show if your North Carolina driver’s license is currently valid. If it was revoked or suspended, your driving record will show this information based on information on the NC DMV's records. This report will also show points against your driver's license and, in some cases, information about any accidents you have been involved in.