Have you ever received a speeding ticket or other type of moving violation? Have you ever wondered how that violation would affect your driver’s license privilege?
In Indiana, the BMV uses a point system that is connected to your driver’s license. The point value ranges from 0-10. As listed in the Indiana BMV Drivers Manual, these points stay on your license for two years, beginning on the date of your conviction.
How do points on my license affect me?
If you receive too many points, it could affect your license status and increase your insurance costs. The number of points on your license corresponds to a specific punishment. If you receive 20 points, for example, you will lose your license for a month. If you are convicted of any of the following offenses, “your license will be suspended…:
- 2 major offenses resulting in death or injury:
- Non-DUI: Suspension for 10 years.
- DUI-related: Suspension for life.
- 10 traffic violations or more, including 1 major violation: Suspension for 5 years.
- 3 major violations: Suspension for 10 years.
See the Indiana Administrative Code section 1-4.5-10 to view the full list of point values and corresponding punishments.
How can I get points off of my license?
If you are looking to lower the number of points on your license, you have options.
You could first choose to wait. According to 140 Indiana Administrative Code 1-4.5-4, after 2 years from the date of conviction, the points will be removed. However, this means you need to be cautious not to not violate a traffic law again out of fear of receiving a potentially harsher punishment for the next offense.
Additionally, you are allowed to complete a Driver’s Safety Program (“DSP”). Upon the successful completion of the program, you may have four points credited to your license. It should be noted that the credit may only be applied once every three years. The Driver Safety Program Course can be taken in person or online, but remember there will be a cost associated with the course.