Common Questions about Driving Violations and Points
The department is authorized to suspend the license of any person who has accumulated 12 or more points within one year. Points are calculated by the date you received the ticket.
- 12 points accumulated in 12 months will result in a 30 day suspension of your driving privilege.
- 18 points accumulated in 18 months (including points from a 12 point suspension) will result in a 3-month suspension of your driving privilege.
- 24 points accumulated in 36 months (including points from a 12 point and /or 18 point suspension) will result in a one-year suspension of your driving privilege.
If your license is suspended you may apply for a hardship license through your local Administrative Reviews Office. To obtain a hardship license, the driver must submit proof of an Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) school completion and pay a reinstatement fee, along with other applicable license fees. (Additional suspensions may require additional clearance requirements). A hardship license restricts driving to employment or business purposes only.
If the suspension period has expired, the driver may apply for a full reinstatement of the driving privilege by submitting proof of an Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) school enrollment and paying a reinstatement fee, along with other applicable license fees, to any Florida driver license service center. (Additional suspensions may require additional clearance requirements).
Out-of-state residents may send the proof of school enrollment and reinstatement fee to:
The Bureau of Motorist Compliance
P.O. Box 5775
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-5775
Check or money orders should be made payable to the Division of Motorist Services. Please include your Florida driver record number. Allow ten business days for processing.
If you would like to check the status of your driver license, check with the Florida Division of Motorist Services website: Online Driver License Check.
The point system is a graduated scale of points that assigns relative values to convictions. See Point Value Table below:
Driving Violations and Points:
Mandatory Restrictions For Minors
There are a number of infractions that can cause you to lose or restrict your driving privileges. The following are of particular interest to teen drivers.
- If you receive a moving traffic conviction while you have a Learner’s License, the one year period you are required to hold your Learner’s License will be extended for one year from the date of the conviction or until you are 18 years old, whichever happens first.
- If you receive 6 points on your driving record within a 12 month period, your driving privileges are automatically restricted to business purposes only for 12 months or until you are 18, whichever happens first. If you receive additional points during this restricted period, the restriction is extended 90 days for each additional point.
- If you have a blood alcohol level of .02% or more (applies to those under age 21), an administrative suspension of six months will result.
- If you are truant in your school attendance, your driving privilege is suspended until you provide proof you have attended school for 30 consecutive days.
- If you are convicted for possession of tobacco products (applies to those under age 18).
- The Point Value Table - Detail by FL Statute Driving Violation, outlines the Florida Statutes pertaining to each driving violation.
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