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Driver License Points

​​If an individual is convicted in North Carolina of certain motor vehicle violations, driver license points are assessed on their driving record based on the date of the offense. (Insurance companies use a different point system to determine insurance rates.)

  • An individual's license may be suspended if they accumulate as many as 12 points within a three-year period.
  • Eight points within three years following the reinstatement of a license can result in an additional suspension.
  • When a driving privilege is reinstated, all previous points on an individual's record are canceled.

A driver can see the status of their license, including the number of points assessed on their record, through their MyDMV account.

Offense*Length of Suspension or RevocationDescription Statute(s)

Suspension Statute(s)

First suspension60 days20-16(a)(5)20-16(c)
Second suspension6 months20-16(a)(5)20-16(c)
Third or subsequent suspension1 year20-16(a)(5)20-16(c)

*Every driving record is unique and might contain multiple suspensions, which can change eligibility dates for hearings or reinstatements. For current information about an individual driving record, including eligibility dates and any outstanding fines, call (919) 715-7000.

4/17/2019 12:53 PM

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