DMV Point System in Oklahoma
Most drivers are aware of the points system used by Oklahoma to keep track of your driving record, but few really know and understand what those points are, how they are accumulated, and what they mean. And that's good―if you don't know much about it, it must mean you're a good driver!
But even if you are a superb, safe, and never-ticketed driver, it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of the points system. Insurance companies use your driving record as part of what determines your insurance rates and the Department of Public Safety uses it to determine the status of your license.
Gain too many points and you could end up with a suspended or even revoked license.
Your driver's license starts off with no points, known as a "clean" driving record. Each time you are convicted of a traffic offense, you begin to accumulate points against your record. If you accumulate 10 points on your license over a period of 5 years, your license will be suspended by the Department of Public Safety.
The following offenses will earn you points:
- Operating a defective vehicle.
- Violation of license restriction.
- Careless driving.
- Following too close or improperly.
- Failure to obey stop sign or traffic light.
- Failure to yield right-of-way.
- Left of center or wrong way on a one-way street.
- Reckless driving.
- Failure to stop or remain stopped for a school bus while it is loading or unloading.
See the Oklahoma Driver's Manual for a detailed list of violations and assigned points.
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 Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record at the DPS. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
Points can be reduced by the following ways:
- You will have 2 points removed for each 12 month period in which you do not receive any more tickets that result in points on your driver's license.
- If you go for 3 consecutive years after your last violation with no violations, all points will be removed from your driving record and you will revert to a clean driving record.
- You may also reduce your driving record by 2 points if you attend traffic school.