• DMV Point System

PA DMV Point System

To be sure that the dangerous drivers are properly monitored and that the roadway safety is improved, the Pennsylvania DOT follows a DMV point system. Almost all moving violations will carry points, such as failure to stop which adds 3 points to your license. If you reach 6 or more DMV points, or DOT points in PA, there are harder penalties imposed upon you that will definitely cost you a great deal financially and in terms of your freedom of transportation.

At the same time, the insurance provider that covers your vehicle will receive notice from the DOT, which will definitely influence your auto insurance rates, often causing a great increase in your yearly premium. If you are recognized as a dangerous driver by your insurance provider, you receive that label for good.

Minors Under 18

There are more severe penalties for minors in PA when points are added to their license. The result could be harsher penalties for much less points than adult drivers.

  • Suspension for 90 days for reaching 6 points in total.
  • Suspension for 90 days for speeding over 26 mph over the limit.
  • Requirement to retake and pass written exam for 6 points total or 26 mph over the limit.
  • 2nd time speeding 26 mph or more over the limit results in 120 day suspension.

First Time Reaching Six Points

If you reach 6 DMV points for traffic offenses, your penalties could vary.

  • Retake and pass written driver’s exam.
  • Failure to pass within 30 days results in license suspension until you have passed.
  • Passing test in 30 days removes 2 points from driver’s record.

Reaching Six Points a Second Time

  • Mandatory PennDOT department hearing at which time your record is reviewed by an examiner.
  • Failure to appear to hearing will result in license suspension for 60 days.
  • Possible 15 day license suspension.
  • Possible requirement to retake and pass driving exam.
  • Passing test within 30 days or serving suspension may remove 2 points from your license.

Reaching Six Points Three or More Times

  • Notification of mandatory department hearing through PennDOT.
  • Possible 30 day license suspension.
  • Failure to appear results in permanent and immediate license suspension until hearing is attended.

Extreme Speeding

If you are caught speeding 31 mph or more over the posted limit, you will receive notice of a mandatory department hearing. You should not take this as an optional condition. If you don’t attend, immediate 60 day license suspension is the result.

  • Attend department hearing at which time your PA driver’s records are examined and the appropriate decision made.
  • Failure to appear will result in immediate 60 day license suspension.
  • At hearing license may be suspended for term of 15 days, or you may be required to complete a special on-road exam.
  • If license is suspension, 5 points are automatically added to your driver’s license, which cannot be removed by any type of good behavior tactics.

Reaching 11 Points or Over

You will not receive a hearing if you reach 11 points. Instead immediate license suspension will be required. Your suspension term is dependent on past suspensions or lack thereof.

  • One previous suspension: 5 days for each point.
  • Two previous suspensions: 10 days for each point.
  • Three previous suspensions: 15 days for each point.
  • Any other subsequent license suspensions: additional one year.

Clean Driver’s Record

PennDOT promotes good behavior on the roads and better, safer driving practices by removing points for good driving.

  • 12 months without traffic violation, suspension, revocation: 3 DMV point removal.
  • Zero points held for consecutive 12 month period: any future point totals treated as very first.

Of course it doesn’t do much good to understand DOT license points if you aren’t given a rundown of the points you earn for the violations on-road.

Two Point Violations

  • Violation of license restriction – such as failure to wear corrective lenses
  • Failure to obey authorized personnel directing traffic
  • Ignoring signals of approaching train
  • Speeding over limit between 6 and 10 mph
  • Failure to yield to pedestrian on crosswalk

Three Point Violations

  • Failure to stop at red traffic light
  • Ignoring flashing red traffic light
  • Failure to yield to oncoming traffic in half of roadway
  • Minor offense of improper passing
  • Tailgating or following too close
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop during entry from alleyway, driveway, or building
  • Speeding over posted limit by 11 -15 mph, with 15 day suspension added if violation occurred in work zone
  • Ignoring school-zone posted speed limit
  • Failure to yield to pedestrian deemed blind
  • Improper reversing
  • Careless driving

Four Point Violations

  • Improper vehicle passing atop hill
  • Circumvention of train gates, including 30 day suspension
  • Speeding over posted limit by 16 -25 mph, in addition to 15 day suspension if violation occurred in work zone
  • Leaving scene of accident where property damage is caused

Five Point Violations

  • Failure to stop for school bus while lights flashing, including 60 day license suspension
  • Speeding over posted limit by 26 – 30 mph, with added 15 day license suspension if offense occurred in work zone
  • Speeding in excess of 31 mph or higher; with other greater penalties included

Check Status of PA License

Remember that if you want to see the total amount of points on your license, check to see if points exist that shouldn’t, or simply want to determine the status of your license’s validity, you can obtain a driver’s record to do so.


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