The Georgia License Points System through the Georgia Department of Driving Services (DDS) adds points to a driver’s license if they are convicted of moving violations like aggressive driving, reckless driving, or speeding. The amount of points depends on the specific details of the conviction. Georgia drivers can also request points reductions to have their records assessed periodically.
Here are the details of how drivers may get points on their license, the penalties for points, and how points may be reduced.
How Georgia License Points are Given
As you might assume, more serious convictions lead to higher points on a driver’s license. The points range from one to six depending on the conviction:
- Aggressive driving: 6 points
- Unlawfully passing a school bus: 6 points
- Reckless driving: 4 points
- Improper passing on a hill or curve: 4 points
- Speeding: 2-6 points (see below)
- Failure to obey police officer: 3 points
- Failure to obey traffic-control device: 3 points
- Failure to adequately secure load resulting in an accident: 2 points
- Possessing an open alcoholic beverage container while driving: 2 points
- Violation of child safety restraint: 1 point for first offense; 2 points for subsequent offenses
- Operating a vehicle while texting: 1 point
- Violating usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements: 1 point
- Improper use of designated travel lane: 1 point for fourth or more offenses
The license points for a speeding conviction depend on the degree of speeding. Two points are assessed for speeding 15-18 mph over the speed limit, three points for 19-23 mph over, four points for 24-33 mph over, and six points for 34 or more mph over the speed limit.
If the driver is speeding less than 15 miles per hour (mph) over the posted speed limit or are convicted of driving too fast for conditions, no points are added. If the driver is not a resident of Georgia, no points are given.
Any other moving violations not mentioned above will add three points.
Consequences of Getting Points on a Georgia License
If a driver is convicted of a violation, pleads guilty, or pleads no contest, police will let the DMV known about the charge. They will then add the points to the driver’s license.
If a driver accumulates 15 points on their license within 24 months, their driver’s license will be suspended until they complete a six-hour defensive driving course. And if this happens a second time within five years, they’ll need to complete the same program again.
However, if that driver is under the age of 21, just one moving violation worth four or more points leads to a license suspension for at least six months. And if the driver is less than 18 years old who accumulates at least four points within 12 months, their license will be suspended for six months and they must complete the defensive driving course before they can get driving privileges reinstated.
These points can sometimes follow a driver to a different state if they move. Some states will share these details. Even if your new state doesn’t know about your Georgia license points, any tickets will stay on your record.
How to Get Georgia License Point Reductions
According to Georgia code 40-5-86, a driver can ask DDS for a points reduction on their license up to seven points once every five years. But there are certain criteria they must meet before they can request a reduction. They will need to successfully finish a certified Driver Improvement (also known as defensive driving) course and obtain a certificate of completion. This certificate should be presented to the DDS either in person or by mail.
A Georgia driver may also be able to avoid having points assessed at all after a moving violation. Many judges will offer the chance to complete a six-hour program for the ticket to get dismissed or not processed in the first place. If the ticket is dismissed, there will be no effect on the driver’s record. This is good in many ways, as insurance companies won’t know about the ticket so it won’t affect insurance rates.
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