Florida Points System

The point system in Florida is used to track how many driving infractions drivers commit within certain periods of time. Often, a driver can commit multiple violations within one incident resulting in a large number of points. Because this point system can become quite confusing, it is critical that you contact a car accident lawyer in Orlando, FL, if you receive tickets that will result in points being added to your license.

Common Florida Point Infractions

The most common traffic violations are:

  • Speeding:
    • Up to 15 mph over the speed limit: 3 points
    • More than 15 mph over the speed limit: 4 points
    • Resulting in accident: 6 points
  • Reckless Driving: 4 points
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus: 4 points
  • Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in More Than $50 of Damage: 4 points

For a more in depth resource for points, check the Florida DMV Traffic Violation Points website.

How Points Affect You

Points will remain on your license for 36 months or three years. Additionally, your insurance rate will increase for about three years. Your license may also be suspended depending on how many points you accrue within a particular time frame:

  • 12 points within a 12 month period results in a 30 day long suspension
  • 18 points within a 18 month period results in a 90 day long suspension
  • 24 points within a 36 month period results in a one year long suspension

Contact Orlando traffic lawyers to fight traffic violations that will result in points on your license. If you wish to know how many points are currently on your license, you can find more details here.

How to Remove Points

You can keep points from being on your record by taking one of several driver improvement courses. These classes will not only remove points, but they will also help you retain your Safe Driver Status and prevent your car insurance rates from increasing. Just visit the DMV website to see your options. However, it should be noted that you can only complete these courses one time a year and only up to five times in a 10-year period.

Out-of-State Points

Traffic violations that occur in a different state will still impact your driving record in Florida. Though the state you committed the violation in may not have a points system, points will still be added to your Florida license. However, most Florida residents are unaware of this fact and are surprised when they suddenly discover more points on their record than they believed they had. A traffic attorney may be able to reduce your out-of-state ticket to a non-moving violation, which would not penalize you with points.

Consult an Orlando Traffic Attorney

If you are facing a moving violation, paying a fine is considered an admission of guilt and may add points to your record. Instead, be sure to contact Michael B. Brehne at 911 Biker Law first. As an Orlando traffic lawyer, he will research and utilize only the best strategies to invalidate tickets or find alternatives to receiving points to your record. Contact our Orlando law office today to see how we can help you.