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    The North Carolina Point System

    What is the North Carolina point system? If you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations, you get points added against your driving record. Our state has a fairly complicated system, as compared with other states. A list of infractions and their corresponding points is below.

    Understand that point accumulation leads to penalties like license suspension. For example, when you get 12 points within a 3year period, you could have your license suspended. Once it's reinstated, accumulating 8 points in the next 3-year period 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 license, for example, you might have to take a Driver Improvement Clinic, which costs $50. Once you complete the course, you will have 3 points taken off your record.

    Insurance Consequences

    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.

    Points Examples

    Below are a few common examples of offenses that will earn your points.

    • Speeding.
    • 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.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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