Drivers in the DC area know well how important it is to drive safely and defensively. To discourage dangerous or reckless driving, DC uses a driver point system to track moving violations and warn drivers when their license is close to being suspended or revoked. This point system can affect driving privileges in DC, so it’s essential to understand how points are used and what the consequences are. Staying informed about your driving record can help you avoid suspension or other effects. Here’s our guide to the DC driver point system.
Points are not added to your license for non-moving violations, such as parking violations or photo tickets. This means that your license can be suspended or revoked based on points acquired from moving violations such as speeding or distracted driving. These points remain on a DC driving record for two years, during which time drivers should be careful to avoid acquiring more points.
In-State vs. Out-of-State
Points are evaluated differently in different parts of the country. While some violations may be assessed as two points in another state, such as Virginia, they may be assessed for more points in DC. Scores are determined based on your home jurisdiction, so it’s essential to understand how these violations are assessed based on where you are licensed.
Getting Points Removed
It is possible to have points removed from your driving record, though the parameters may change based on where you are licensed and where you received your violations. For example, if you earned points in the District of Columbia, you may be eligible to have your points removed by taking an online defensive driving course through the DC DMV. To have marks removed, you will have to contest a ticket by adjudicating by mail or in person and explicitly requesting the points be waived. Your case will then be examined and, once approved; you can take a course in an attempt to remove the marks. You will also need to seek approval to have spots from out-of-state violations removed if you are a DC license holder. In this case, drivers may be required to attend traffic school but may also be able to take the online defensive driving course through the DC DMV.
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