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    Virginia Traffic Tickets

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a system of points to evaluate drivers. When you get a traffic ticket or are convicted of certain traffic violations, you receive a certain number of demerit points against your driving record.

    Similarly, for each complete calendar year that you hold a valid Virginia driver's license and do not have any violations or suspensions, you receive a safe driving point. You can also earn safe driving points when you complete a driver improvement clinic. You can earn up to 5 safe driving points to balance your demerit points.

    Not all traffic violations receive demerit points, yet they will still be posted to your driving record. If you are a repeat offender, you can accumulate many points and lose your Virginia driver's license. It can also cause your vehicle insurance rates to rise.

    What Happens If I Get a Ticket?

    When a law enforcement officer cites you for a violation, he or she will issue you a traffic ticket, or for serious offenses, take you into custody.

    If you are issued a traffic ticket, you can either:

    Once you are convicted of a traffic violation, the court lets the Virginia DMV know. The DMV will then post the conviction to your driving record and assign points according to the violation.

    If applicable, the VA DMV may also issue:

    Your insurance company may raise your rates if your violations and/or points make you a high-risk driver.

    Check Your Virginia Driving Record

    To find out how to obtain information about your driving history in Virginia, please read our page about Driving Records in Virginia.

    You can view or order your driving record, which contains the same information that your insurance company uses to review and adjust your rates. Prospective employers may also request your driving record if a job will require you to drive.

    Which Violations Receive Demerit Points?

    The official Virginia DMV website lists traffic violations and their corresponding points. Read the Moving Violations and Point Assessments publication to see which violations incur points, how many demerit points they are assigned, and how long the convictions will remain on your driving record.

    You will need Adobe Reader to view the brochure. If you do not already have this software, you can download it free.

    Since this information is subject to change without notice, contact the Virginia DMV if you have any questions.

    Demerit points stay on your record for 2 years.

    Convictions can remain on your record for varying periods of time, depending on the severity of the offense. Convictions could remain on your record for longer than the points list specifies if your VA driver's license is suspended, revoked, disqualified, or cancelled.

    Insurance Company Point System

    Insurance companies in Virginia also rate drivers and assign points to your insurance record. These insurance points are NOT the same as DMV points.

    Contact your insurance company directly for more information.