North Carolina Driver’s License Points

North Carolina licensees are subject to two separate point classification systems, insurance and DMV points. North Carolina Traffic Laws apply to drivers in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Pittsboro, Hillborough, Wake County, Orange County, Chatham County, Alamance County, and throughout North Carolina.


North Carolina DMV points are assessed by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV). There are many scenarios that would cause a revocation (suspension) of a driver’s license for an individual. A driver who accumulates twelve (12) or more DMV points within a three year period may have their license revoked. A subsequent point accumulation of eight (8) DMV points during the three years following a reinstatement gives rise to a subsequent revocation.

DMV Pts. Convictions
12 -Driving While Impaired (DWI)
5 -Passing a stopped school bus
4 -Reckless driving-Hit and run (misdemeanor – property damage only)-Illegal Passing-Following too closely-Driving on wrong side of the road
3 -Driving with no license or a license expired for more than one year (NOL)-Stop light or stop sign violation-Speeding in excess of 55 mph-Failing to yield right of way-Failure to stop for siren-No liability insurance-Speeding in a school zone in excess of the posted school zone speed limit-Failure to report accident where such report is required-Driving through safety zone
2 -Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt-All other moving violations
0 -Improper equipment, registration, plates, inspection sticker, or muffler-Seat belt violation

North Carolina driver’s license points are assessed only against convictions that occurred within the State of North Carolina.  However, NC-DMV may retain records from convictions in out-of state jurisdictions.  It is also possible that out-of-state jurisdictions may assess DMV points within their state (the licensing state) for convictions occurring in North Carolina under the Non-Resident Violator Compact.




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