A Primer on Virginia’s Points System

Like many states, Virginia has a point-based system set up to punish those who commit driving offenses. Although everyone starts at 0 points, the demerits and penalties can add up quickly with even just one offense. Everything from a DUI to reckless driving has an associated penalty based on severity.

For every year of safe driving you have (meaning no suspensions or violations), you’ll get one point added to your driving record. You can accumulate a maximum of five safe driving points. These points are awarded each April, according to the Virginia DMV. You can also earn five points by completing an approved driver improvement clinic.

How Many Points Does Virginia Add for a DUI?

Virtually all DUI convictions come with an automatic six-point deduction. This typically results in an automatic driver’s license suspension of one year and a $250 fine. The conviction will stay on your driving record for 11 years.

What Qualifies as a Four-Point Demerit in Virginia?

These violations include everything from basic reckless driving (up to 19 mph above the posted limit), failure to stop for emergency vehicles, failure to obey railroad crossing rules, and many more offenses. You can also incur demerits for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked/restricted license and a blood alcohol content at or over .02%.

What Qualifies as a Three-Point Demerit in Virginia?

Driving a commercial vehicle with alcohol in your blood can result in a three-point demerit. Basic speeding, driving without a license or even a learner’s permit violation can result in this penalty. These violations tend to stay on your driving record for 3-5 years, depending on the nature and severity of the offense.

The state of Virginia has enacted strict penalties for driving offenses in order to keep roads safe and people out of harm’s way. If you find yourself facing a driving-related charge such as DUI or reckless driving, you should know that you have rights and options open to you. Call B.R. Hicks, P.C. today at (703) 354-4000 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.