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What violations add points to your Maryland driver’s license?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | blog, traffic crimes |

Here in Maryland, the law is strict when it comes to maintaining safe roads and highways. The state uses a points system for driver’s licenses to ensure the safety of all pedestrians, motorists and passengers.

This system penalizes drivers for specific traffic violations, targeting those that could endanger lives and property.

Which offenses add points?

In Maryland, several moving violations can add points to your license, including:

  • drug or alcohol-related offenses
  • leaving the scene of an accident
  • vehicular homicide or manslaughter
  • use of a vehicle in a felony crime

The number of points added for each offense can vary significantly depending on your actions. Speeding tickets result in a different number of points depending on how fast you were driving relative to the posted speed limit. If you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can receive 12 or more points on your license.

How do the points affect you?

The state assesses your driving record over the previous two years to determine the number of points you have accumulated. Your driving record is public information for up to three years from the date of your most recent violation. This allows employers and insurance companies to review your driving history, which can affect employment opportunities and insurance rates.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration takes specific actions based on the number of points you have on your license. If you accumulate 3 to 4 points, you receive a warning letter from the MVA advising you to be more cautious.

Reaching 5 to 7 points requires enrollment in a Driver Improvement Program, which can educate you on safer driving practices. At 8 to 11 points, the MVA sends you a notice of suspension, indicating a temporary loss of driving privileges. The MVA can revoke your driving privileges if you accumulate 12 or more points.

As a driver in Maryland, it is important to be aware of the rules of the road and the consequences of violating them.



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