How many points do you get for moving violations?

That depends on your state and factors such as speed. Generally, the less serious moving violations get fewer points, but those points vary. Colorado, for example, charges 4 points for improper passing and 1 point for speeding tickets going 5 to 9 MPH over the speed limit, and a whopping 12 points for going 40 or more MPH above the limit. California charges a blanket 1 point for all minor moving violations. Texas penalizes with 2 points for all traffic tickets, unless it resulted in an accident, in which case it’s 3 points.

Most states suspend your drivers license if you accumulate enough points within a set period. In Texas, getting four moving violations within a 12-month window will get your license suspended. In Massachusetts, three violations within a 12-month period earns an automatic 30-day suspension. This suspension of your drivers license comes with hefty fines, too.

If you don't know how many points you have, you'll need to order a copy of your driving record.

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