DMV Point System in West Virginia
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 signaling or failure to signal.
- Following another vehicle too closely.
- Having more than the allowed number of passengers in the front seat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Generally, more serious violations will cause more points to be added to your driving record. Certain violations may even cause an immediate and mandatory suspension or revocation of your WV driver's license.
If your driver's license is suspended and you have questions about your reinstatement requirements, please contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- 12 to 13 points―30 days.
- 14 to 15 points―45 days.
- 16 to 17 points―60 days.
- 18 to 19 points―90 days.
- 20 points or more―driver's license suspended until you reduce your accumulated points to 11 points or fewer.
More bad news? Driver's 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. Don't forget all the fees and fines you'll have to pay.
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 Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that, according to what's on record at the DMV.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.
Additionally, you may want to contact your car insurance provider after you've committed a traffic violation and have received driving record points as your rates may be raised. You should ask about options you may have to take a voluntary defensive driving course or driver improvement program to earn a car insurance discount.
Even if you are not eligible for an insurance discount, a defensive driving course may help you reduce your chances of committing traffic offenses in the future. Courses typically cover topics such as:
- West Virginia traffic laws and violations.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Safe driving behaviors.
- Sharing the road.