DMV Point System in Virginia
Virginia Driving Record Points & Penalties
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) keeps track of your driving habits and history on your driving record. Every time you commit a traffic offense, you'll receive a certain number of points on your driving record that will count against your Virginia driver's license.
Too many driving record points will likely result in a driver's license suspension, fines, driver improvement requirements, and higher insurance rates.
On this page you'll find an overview of the Virginia point system and some common traffic violations.
If you need specific information about your driver's license or a violation you've been convicted of, please contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Like other states, Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a points system used to assess drivers. Certain traffic offenses are punishable by fines, license suspension or revocation, possible jail time, and/or points against your driving record.
When you receive convictions for traffic offenses, the courts communicate with the VA DMV. The DMV then assigns points and posts the conviction(s) to your driver record.
The point duration for demerit points is 2 years. The actual convictions you receive from the offenses may remain on your record even longer.
Safe Driving Points
Virginia also gives you safe driving points. The safe driving points are earned for every full calendar year that you hold a valid Virginia driver's license and have no violations or suspensions. You can earn up to 5 safe driving points and use them to offset your demerit points.
Common Offenses and Points
There are many traffic violations that are punishable with demerit points in Virginia. Some do not earn demerit points, but if you are convicted, they will still post on your driving record.
To see which violations receive points and how many, as well as how long the convictions stay on your record, download the Moving Violations and Point Assessments brochure. You will need Adobe's free Reader software to view it.
Accumulating too many points within will lead to your driver's license being suspended. Your vehicle's insurance rates will most likely rise then, too.
If the violation or points total leads to suspension, the court will issue an order of suspension and possibly order you to satisfactorily complete a driver improvement clinic.
Insurance companies can access your record to determine whether you are a safe driver. With too many points, your rates may skyrocket. While insurance companies use DMV points to evaluate you, they also have their own points systems. These are totally separate from the Virginia DMV's system.
If you need or want to check the status of your driver's license, you might want to 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.