DMV Point System in TennesseePage Overview
Driving Record Points and Violations in Tennessee
When you commit traffic violations, the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS) will record points on your driving record. Too many driving record points and certain major traffic violations will generally lead to a driver's license suspension or revocation.
Driver's license suspensions and revocations will also come with fines, fees, and reinstatement requirements. You may face TN driver's license restrictions and you may be required to complete a defensive driving course before you gain your driving privileges back.
On this page you'll find a general overview of the Tennessee point system.
If you have specific questions about your driver's license or driving record, please contact the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS).
Point systems are used to help monitor and correct bad drivers, identify habitual reckless or negligent drivers, and promote safety on the road. All drivers start out with clean driving records and accumulate points according to the severity of any traffic violations for which they may be convicted.
If you accumulate a certain number of points, your driver's license could be suspended or revoked. Plus, many insurance companies raise rates for drivers with excessive points on their driving records, and many employers require clean driving records for employment.
Any time you are convicted of a traffic violation, you should consider contacting your car insurance provider for the options you may have to lower your car insurance rates or earn a discount.
Examples of Traffic Violations
Some common traffic violations that will lead to driving record points include:
- Following other vehicles improperly.
- Contributing to an accident resulting in property damage.
- Others, such as improper vehicle control and failing to maintain control.
- Driving slower than the required minimum speed.
- Turning improperly.
- Contributing to an accident that results in bodily injury.
- Failing to report an accident.
- Passing improperly or where prohibited.
- Driving in the wrong direction or on the wrong side of the road.
- Failing to yield right of way.
- Leaving an accident scene that resulted in property damage.
- Violating driver's license or certificate restrictions.
- Driving recklessly.
- Fleeing an officer.
- Contributing to an accident resulting in death.
- Causing reckless endangerment.
- Driving with a canceled license.
Visit the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS) website for a comprehensive list of violations and point assignments.
If you receive 12 points or more in a period of 12 months, you'll receive a proposed suspension notice, which means the Department of Safety (DOS) is proposing to suspend your TN driver's license.
Before your driver's license is suspended or revoked, you'll be granted an administrative hearing to contest the suspension or revocation and assess your future driving privileges.
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 driver's license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DOS. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.Other Topics in This Section