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What Happens When You Get Points

What happens when you get points on your driving record?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) point system fact sheet the following outline describes what happens when you get points on your driver’s record. Remember, PennDOT maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver receives a speeding ticket and is found guilty.

PennDOT begins to take corrective action when a driving record reaches 6 or more points.  If you are Under the Age of 18, once you reach six points or you are convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit your driving privilege will be suspended for 90 days.  Any additional violations will result in a suspension of 120 days.  If you are over 18 years old, upon the first accumulation of 6 points you will receive a written notice to take a special written point examination. The examination will address:

1. Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices,

2. Knowledge of Departmental Sanctions, and

3. Knowledge of Related Safety Issues.

You will have 30 days to successfully pass the exam or else the license will be suspended until the exam is passed.  If the exam is passed within the 30 day period, 2 points will be removed from the driving record.

When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points you will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. You will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review your driving record and recommend one or more of the following:

1. Order a 15 Day License Suspension,

2. Order the Driver to Take a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination, or

3. Take No Action.

If a your driving privilege is suspended or a special driver’s exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from your driving record if you  pass the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15 day suspension has been served. No points are removed from your driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction. Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

When your driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, you will have to attend a Departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review your driving record and determine if a 30 day license suspension will be initiated. Failure to attend this Departmental hearing will result in the suspension of your driver’s license until you attend the hearing.

Hiring a speeding ticket lawyer can keep points from appearing on your record. By knowing the ins and outs of the traffic court system your speeding ticket lawyer can have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed.

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