There are two important point systems related to driving in North Carolina. There are DMV points and insurance points. This guide will explain what North Carolina DMV points are, and how they affect your North Carolina driver’s license. Click here to read about North Carolina insurance points, and how they affect your auto insurance premiums.
DMV points, or driver’s license points, are points assessed to you by the North Carolina DMV. DMV points help the North Carolina DMV determine whether you get to keep your driver’s license. Generally, your driver’s license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more DMV points within a three year period. Also, when adding up your DMV points, note that if you are charged with multiple traffic violations in the same occurrence, North Carolina DMV points are typically only assessed for the greater traffic violation. Below is a list of driving charges, and the amount of DMV Points associated with each charge.
|Manslaughter or Negligent Homicide||Suspended|
|Pre-arranged Highway Racing||Suspended|
|Hit and Run (injury/death)||Suspended|
|DWI (.08 BAC or more)||Suspended|
|Transporting Illegal Liquor for Sale||Suspended|
|Speeding to Elude Arrest||Suspended|
|Driving While Revoked or Suspended||Suspended|
|Aggressive Driving (Comm. Lic.)||6 Points|
|Aggressive Driving (Class C License)||5 Points|
|Reckless Driving||4 Points|
|Hit and Run (property damage)||4 Points|
|Passing a Stopped School Bus||5 Points|
|Speeding (75 mph or greater when limit < 70)||Suspended|
|Speeding (80 mph or greater when limit 70)||3 Points|
|Driver Under 21 Driving after Consuming Alcohol/Drugs||Suspended|
|At-Fault Accident (injury/death > $800, or property damage > $3,000)||Suspended|
|Illegal Passing||4 Points|
|Following Too Closely||4 Points|
|Driving on Wrong Side of Road||4 Points|
|Stop Sign/Stop Light Violation||3 Points|
|Speeding Through a Safety Zone||3 Points|
|Driving with no Operator’s License||3 Points|
|Failure to Yield Right of Way||3 Points|
|Failure to Stop for Siren||3 Points|
|Driving with no Liability Insurance||3 Points|
|At Fault Accident (property damage > $1,800, but < $3,000)||3 Points|
|Speeding (>10 mph over limit when speed limit is > 55, but < 76)||3 Points|
|Speeding (less than 10mph over limit when speed limit is 55 or greater)||See Below|
|Speeding when limit is 55 mph or greater||3 Points|
|Speeding when limit is 55 mph or less||2 Points|
|Speeding in School Zone||3 Points|
|All other Moving Violations||2 Points|
|Failure to Restrain Child in Restraint||2 Points|
|At-Fault Accidents (injury or property damage < $1,800)||3 Points|
|Speeding (10 mph or less over limit when speed limit is less than 55)||2 Points|
|Littering from vehicle||1 Point|
|Non-Moving Violations||0 Points|
There are circumstances, other than accumulating 12 or more DMV points, in which the North Carolina DMV can suspend your driver’s license. Below are some, but not all, of the other circumstances in which the North Carolina DMV can suspend your driver’s license:
- You accumulate 8 or more driver’s license points within a three year period after reinstatement of a license following a suspension/revocation for a traffic violation.
- You are convicted of speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, when the ticketed speed is over 55 miles per hour.
- You are convicted of speeding in excess of 75 miles per hour where the speed limit is less than 70 miles per hour.
- You are convicted of speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour where the speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
- You are convicted of two or more speeding charges where your speed is in excess of 55 mph (and not more than 80 miles per hour), or, one or more convictions of reckless driving and one or more charges of speeding in excess of 55 (and not more than 80 miles per hour), within a 12 month span.
Generally, a North Carolina driver’s license suspension is for up to 60 days for the first suspension, up to 6 months for the second suspension, and up to one year for a third and subsequent suspension.
Kreger Brodish’s North Carolina Speeding Ticket Attorneys serve clients charged with speeding and other traffic violations in Durham County, Guilford County (including the cities of Gibsonville, Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield and Whitsett) and Orange County (including the cities of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough).