Florida Points System
The state of Florida has implemented traffic laws to protect pedestrians, property and the general safety of all drivers and the general public. Breaking these traffic laws continuously can lead to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) suspending your license for an extended period. It can even be revoked or cancelled depending on the circumstances of the traffic violation
You might think that since you moved to Florida your old traffic tickets won’t catch up with you, but this isn’t the case. Florida has “reciprocal agreements” with most states where any points gained, or suspension applied in those states must be replicated in Florida. The state can even suspend your license if you neglected to pay a ticket in another state or didn’t complete a class ordered by the court in another state.
If you or someone you know has had their license suspended, we suggest you get in contact with an experienced traffic attorney to contest your suspension.
Driving Defense Attorney Explains the Florida Points System in Palm Beach County
Have you been ticketed recently in the state of Florida? Was your license suspended or did your insurance premium skyrocket as a result? If so, we highly encourage you to get in contact with the traffic attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our traffic ticket lawyers have a special focus in traffic crimes and have represented numerous people struggling to remove points on their license.
Call us now at (561) 500-5000 to set up an appointment where we can discuss strategies to contest your ticket. Do not accept guilt and pay the amount on the ticket. Wait until you have effective counsel, so you’re prepared to fight back. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. defends clients throughout the greater Palm Beach County, Martin County, Broward County and St. Lucie County area in Florida.
Overview of the Florida Points System
- What Happens if I Get a Ticket in FL?
- What Do the Different Point Amounts Mean?
- How Many Points Does It Take to Get my License Suspended?
- How Long Do Points Stay on Your License in FL?
- Additional Resources
What Happens If I Get a Traffic Ticket in Florida?
Florida classifies the severity of a traffic violation as well handles suspensions/revocations by using their Points System. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) uses a points-based system to determine whether your driving privileges should be suspended or not, to determine if you’re a habitual traffic offender (HTO), and to determine how serious the traffic law you violated was.
Accumulating too many points on your driver’s record in a certain period of time can lead to administrative suspension and in some cases revocation of your license. These points may not seem significant but as time passes the consequences of having them on your record might appear. Many people have their insurance rates rise dramatically after points are added to their record. Others forget about the occurrence completely until their license is suspended after receiving an incredibly minor ticket.
What Do the Different Point Amounts Mean in Florida?
Points in Florida are divided into three categories; 3-point infractions, 4-point infractions and 6-point infractions. The higher the point number the more serious the violation. Minor moving and speeding violations such as driving 15 MPH over the limit will add 3 points to your driving record. This is considered to be the lowest penalty and requires a 4 hour Basic Driver Improvement Course as long as you aren’t an habitual offender.
Some examples of 3-point fractions include:
- Running a stop sign;
- Failure to yield;
- Curfew violations;
- Child seatbelt violation;
- Driving on the shoulder;
- Speeding at 15MPH over limit;
- Careless driving; and
- Being too fast for conditions
A 4-point infraction applies to violations that are more likely to endanger the general public. Some examples of a 4-point infraction include the following:
- Passing a stopped school bus;
- Speeding over 15 MPH over the limit;
- Reckless driving;
- Failure to stop at a steady red signal on a one way; and
- Failure to obey a traffic control signal
The highest points you can receive at one time is 6 points. A 6-point infraction is for drivers who are extremely negligent and careless. People who have had 6 points added at once will likely see a huge spike in insurance costs and carry hefty fines and fees. Some examples of a 6-point infraction include the following:
- Leaving the scene of an accident;
- Speeding excessively which resulted in an accident; and
- A moving violation that caused bodily harm in another
How Many Points Does It Take to Get Your License Suspended in FL?
Points are assigned based on the type of violation that was done within the last five years. Accumulating too many points in a set time frame may lead to your driving privileges being suspended as a result. The following chart shows the suspension periods for each point accumulation threshold by Florida’s DHSMV.
12 points within 12 months
18 points within 18 months
24 points within 36 months
How Long Do Points Stay on Your License in Florida?
In Florida, points can remain on your license for a period of 36 months or 3 years. It begins on the day you pay your fine and the citation clears the county. If you opted to go to court and were adjudicated as guilty, then your points will start when all court ordered requirements have been satisfied completely.
In addition, you will likely lose your “safe driver” status if you had your license suspended, cancelled or revoked due to accumulating too many points. Your insurance rates may increase for at least a 3-year period until the points have been removed from your license.
Point & Point Suspension | FLHSMV – Visit the official website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to learn more about points and points suspensions in the state of Florida. Access the site to learn the point values, common violations and their point thresholds as well as how many points are needed for a suspension.
Online Driver’s License Check – Visit the official website for the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to use their license check tool. Access the site to learn how many points are on your license by simply inputting your license number.
Traffic Attorney for Tickets and Citations in Palm Beach County, FL
If you or someone you know has been ticketed, then we implore you to not pay the fine and contest it in court. Traffic tickets can add up on your license and lead to a suspension for up to a year or even more. Fight back by calling the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. who have been representing people unjustly ticketed or accused of violations for years.
Call (561) 500-5000 and set up your first consultation free of charge. We will sit with you to discuss more of your charges in detail. We work throughout the greater Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County and Broward County area in Florida.