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How Can I Get My Driving Record Points Reduced?

You may think that getting a speeding ticket or violating a traffic law isn’t a big deal, but it is! You receive driver’s license points for violating these laws that are considered a “moving violation.” Your points can add up and result in major consequences for your driving privileges including revocation. Here is how the system works:

Driving Points
The North Carolina DMV keeps track of your traffic violations. Your driving record will accumulate points based on a scale of previous traffic offenses and the severity of your violation. Wondering which offenses rack up your points? You will receive driving record points for the following (but not limited to):

  • Speeding
  • Illegal passing
  • Running red lights
  • Reckless driving
  • Following too closely
  • Any violation that is classified as a “moving violation”

ALERT! If you are in the habit of receiving multiple points for traffic violations, you should know that 12 points within a period of 3 years will result in a driver’s license suspension. Also certain combinations of convictions result in suspension even without the 12 point accumulation, i.e., two speeding tickets in excess of 55 mph in one year. Once your license is reinstated, only 8 points are required for another suspension.

How to Reduce Pointsman-driving-car-on-street
Although the system is fairly complicated, there are ways of getting your points reduced. Acquiring 7 points on your record will result in an optional defensive driving courses. You can instead take these courses voluntarily before you reach that point. The course completion will remove 3 points but you must have a conference NCDMV hearing officer to see if you qualify.

Take the Correct Course
In North Carolina, there are two different kinds of courses. There is a 4-hour course and an 8-hour course. The amount of hours is dependent on your violation. Check with us, contact the course provider directly, or go to the NCDMV website to make sure you are signed up for the course that is going to be most beneficial to your situation.

What will you learn in these courses?
The general curriculum of defensive driving courses include:

  • Motivation behind effective driving skills
  • Driver improvement training
  • Updated NC traffic laws and point system
  • The latest research about drug impairment and its effect on your driving
  • How to embrace a safer style of commuting

If you are interested in taking these courses, do a little bit of research before choosing which one you are going to take. Feel free to browse the web and look at some of the traffic course reviews (but keep in mind that some people may leave negative reviews because they didn’t get all their points reduced or they are unhappy that they got the ticket in the first place).

Whether you are taking these courses voluntarily or because its court ordered, Kelly and West may be able to help. Don’t hesitate to call. We want to make sure you are making the best decision for your future and driving record.

Keep in mind that you are only eligible to reduce your points one time in the span of 5 years. You have the option to take traffic courses online or in a traditional classroom. However, the BEST way to reduce your points is to have your charges reduced or dismissed before you plead.

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