DMV Point System in Vermont
Driving Record Points in Vermont
You'll receive points on your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving record when you commit traffic violations. Too many driving record points will generally lead to suspensions, fines, and driver improvement requirements.
Additionally, your car insurance provider may raise your premiums when you commit traffic violations and accumulate driving record points. If you've received any amount of driving record points and your rates have increased, you should consider contacting your car insurance provider to ask about ways you can earn a discount and lower your rates.
On this page you'll find a basic overview of the Vermont driving record point system.
If you have specific questions about your driving record or VT driver's license, you should contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
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The ultimate intent of Vermont's point system, as defined in the vehicle code, is to remove dangerous drivers from the road. Points are added to your record every time you get convicted of a moving violation. If you accrue 10 points or more within 2 years, you will be notified by mail that your VT driver's license has been suspended.
Breakdown of Points
The following is are examples of violations that will lead to points:
- Driving with a revoked driver's license.
- Failure to stop when involved in an accident.
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicles.
- Illegal passing of a school bus.
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Failure to obey a police officer.
- Illegal passing.
- Driving without a driver's license.
You can find a full and extremely detailed list of driving violation points in the vehicle code.
The length of your Vermont 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 even longer.
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 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 Vermont 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 VT 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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