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    Vermont's Point System

    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 or more points within a two-year span, you will be notified by mail that your license has been suspended.

    Breakdown of Points

    The following is are examples of violations that will lead to points:

    • Driving with a revoked 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 license.
    • Speeding.

    You can find a full and extremely detailed list of driving violation points in the vehicle code.

    Suspension Repercussions

    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 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.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    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 Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV.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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