DMV Point System in Vermont
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The ultimate intent of Vermont's point system, as defined in Chapter 25 of the vehicle code, is to remove dangerous drivers from the road. Points range from one to 10 and are added to your record every time you get convicted of a moving violation. If you accrue 10 or more points within a two-year span, you will be notified by mail that your license has been suspended.
- Driving with a revoked license: 10 points
- Failure to stop when involved in an accident: 10 points
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicles: 5 points
- Illegal passing of a school bus: 5 points
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk: 4 points
- Failure to obey a police officer: 4 points
- Illegal passing: 3 points
- Driving without a license: 2 points
- Speeding: 2 to 8 points (based upon the number of miles per hour over the speed limit)
You can find a full and extremely detailed list of driving violation points in Chapter 25 of the vehicle code. Parking violations are point-free.
The length of your driver's license suspension will be determined by the number of points you've racked up: The more points you have, the longer the suspension―usually from a month to a year or more.
Once suspended, you then must meet all of your sentencing requirements before you can drive again. Depending on the nature of your suspension, this may include driver safety classes and alcohol treatment programs. Once all requirements are met, you will then have to pay (regardless of the violation) a $50 reinstatement fee to get your driving privilege back.
Other fallout comes in the wallet-draining form of higher car insurance rates. There's no way of hiding the news from your insurance company. The Department of Motor Vehicles automatically reports all moving violations.
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 Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV.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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- DMV Point System Basics: What Are Points and How Do I Get Rid of Them?
- The Perils of Accumulating Driving Record Points
- How Long Points Stay on Your Driving Record
- Actions That Lead to the Loss of Driving Privileges
- How to Check Your DMV Points
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