How many points do you get for moving violations?

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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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