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    West Virginia's Point System

    What is the DMV's point system? Simply put, it's a system that helps monitor and correct the driving of West Virginians, and a system that aims to promote safety on the road. With the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicle's Point System, points are added to your driving record according to the severity of the traffic violation. Here are some examples of traffic violations that will earn you points:

    • Improper turning or backing.
    • Improper signal or failure to signal.
    • Following another vehicle too closely.
    • Having more than three passengers in the front seat.
    • Speeding five to nine mph above posted limit.
    • Failure to maintain control of your vehicle.
    • Failure to yield or obey traffic lights and/or stop signs.
    • Failure to follow an officer's instructions.
    • Failure to observe a safety zone.
    • Passing violations.
    • Littering.
    • Hazardous driving, including but not limited to driving in the wrong direction on a one way street and driving too fast for conditions.
    • All improper lane violations.
    • Speeding.
    • Passing a stopped school bus.
    • Speeding in a school zone.
    • Reckless and careless driving.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident/hit and run.
    • Fleeing an officer.

    Visit our DUI & DWI page for information about the consequences for driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

    Points and Suspension Times

    • 12-13 points―30 days.
    • 14-15 points―45 days.
    • 16-17 points―60 days.
    • 18-19 points―90 days.
    • 20+ points―license suspended until you reduce your accumulated points to 11 or fewer.

    More bad news? License suspensions run consecutively, so if you accumulate points while you're already under suspension you will receive additional suspension that begins after the original suspension period ends. And don't forget all the fees and fines you'll have to pay.

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 Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV.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