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Driver License Point System


OffensePoint Count
Speeding (1 to 25mph over speed limit)2
Speeding (26 or more mph over speed limit)5
Reckless driving or reckless endangerment involving operating a motor vehicle6
Failure to yield right of way5
Passing stopped school bus5
Wrong side of the road/Illegal passing4
Following to closely3
Disregarding traffic control device (stop sign, traffic light, etc.)3
All other moving violations2
Inability to control vehicle2
Improper lane2
Drinking alcohol while operating a vehicle2
Admin per se6
Improper operation of motorcycle2
Fail to obey construction/maintenance zone markers/flagman/police officer/restricted lane3
Emergency vehicles2
Fail to signal/use incorrect turn signal2
Making improper turn2
Coasting2
Unsafe operation2
Any conviction which resulted from a charge that involved the drinking of alcoholic beverages and the driving of a motor vehicle but did not require mandatory revocation of the driver license6

The following schedule is used to determine the length of a suspension period
  • 12-14 points in a 2-year period ­ 60 days
  • 15-17 points in a 2-year period ­ 90 days
  • 18-20 points in a 2-year period ­ 120 days
  • 21-23 points in a 2-year period ­ 180 days
  • 24 and above points in a 2-year period ­ 365 days
After a traffic conviction is 2 years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver's record.

CDL Disqualification:
Major offenses for cdl holders while in a cmv
  1. Being under influence of alcohol
  2. Being under influence of controlled substance
  3. Having concentration of .04 or greater while operating cmv
  4. Refusing to take alcohol test
  5. Leaving the scene of accident
  6. Using cmv to commit felony
  7. Driving cmv while cancelled/suspended/revoked/disqualified
  8. Causing fatality through negligent operation of a cmv
  9. Using cmv in the commission of felony/production of controlled substance
2 serious offense tickets in a 3 year period--60 day disqualification

3 serious offense tickets in a 3 year period--120 day disqualification

Serious offenses:
  • Excessive speed- 15 mph over posted speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper or erratic lane change
  • Following too closely
  • Any violation in connection with a fatal accident
  • Driving a cmv w/o obtaining a cdl
  • Driving a cmv w/o cdl in possession(may be dismissed if proof provided in court)
  • Driving a cmv w/o proper class and/or endorsements
  • Violating a State or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control restricting or prohibiting the use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV.
Rail road crossing disqualifications:
Driver not required to always stop:
  1. But fails to slow down and check the tracks are clear
  2. But fails to stop before reaching the crossing if the tracks are not clear
Driver always required to stop:
  1. But fails to stop before driving onto the crossing
The driver:
  1. Fails to have sufficient space to drive completely through the crossing w/o stopping
  2. Fails to obey a traffic control device or the directions of an enforcement officer at the crossing
  3. Fails to negotiate a crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance
Violationing out of service orders:
  1. Violating a driver or vehicle out-of-service order while transporting nonhazardous materials
  2. Violating a driver or vehicle out-of-service order while transporting hazardous materials requiring placards

Driver License Division


Major Terry Chapman
Division Chief

Alabama Department of Public Safety
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