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.