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How long do points stay on a Florida driver's license?


Question:  How long do points stay on a Florida driver's license? Is there ever a cleaning off of these points?

Answer: Points that are placed on your Florida driver's license, due to traffic violations, stay on your record and are counted against you for three years for insurance purposes. Points can continue to accumulate on your record beyond those three years, though, so the state can keep track and impose penalties if necessary.

In Florida, if you accumulate too many points within a certain time period, your license can be suspended or revoked. A Florida driver's license is automatically suspended for:

  • 30 days if you receive 12 points within 12 months
  • 3 months for 18 points within 18 months
  • 1 year suspension for being assessed 24 points within 36 months

Also, if you accumulate three major offenses or 15 minor offenses, for which you receive points, for within a five year period your Florida license can be revoked. If you have amassed this amount of points and offenses within fve years you are termed by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) to be a habitual traffic offender (HTO).

In computing points and suspensions, the offense dates of all convictions are used. Three points will be deducted from the driver record of any person whose driving privilege has been suspended only once under the point system and has been reinstated, if such person has complied with all other requirements.

When you receive certain types of moving violations in Florida you may elect to attend traffic school or a driver improvement class to keep points off your record. According to the HSMV, the one benefit that comes with this choice is that your car insurance rates cannot go up;however, if you have a good driver discount your insurance company may choose to take it away due to the violation.

Other benefits are that points are not added to your driver license record and the fine is reduced up to 18%. In Florida, you can only choose this option for moving violations five times in a lifetime and cannot have made this same election in the preceding 12 months.

To find out if there are other options of how to reduce points or if points are ever totally take off your Florida driving record contact the Florida HSMV directly.


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11 Responses to "How long do points stay on a Florida driver's license?"
  1. Visitor

    Good answer. Now how can I find out how many points I have on my license?

  2. Atul Bhosale

    I have a Florida License but got ticketed in Wisconsin for going 98 in a 65. How much more expensive is Geico gonna be for me now?

  3. Anonymous

    Helpful. Thank you.

  4. Anonymous

    I have Fl drivers license and I got a ticket in TX for driving over 100m/h... they said that the points will be transferred to my FL license. How many points would i end up with and for how long?

  5. Anonymous

    i have points on my license and i have a cld.i need the points off to get a job.how can i do so.and what i need to do?i have 11 points,they said i have to write a letter but to who?

  6. Anonymous

    How can i check my license to see how many points i have?

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  9. Anonymous

    thank u

  10. Anonymous

    My questions were answered.

  11. Anonymous

    this was helpful

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