Connecticut DMV Point System: How does it Work?

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Points are added to your driver’s license when you plead guilty or are convicted of a traffic violation. It is something you surely don’t want to be added to your license. Connecticut DMV point system is similar to many states across the country, so be aware and alert.

How does the Connecticut Driver Point System Work?

Every traffic violation is equated to some points. The more severe the violation you commit, the higher the numbers of points will be added to your license.

The Connecticut DMV will notify you by a warning letter when you obtain points after a violation. If the amount is high, for example, 10, your license will be suspended for 30 days. The points on your license will remain for two years.

If you continue to receive points after more violations, your license will be suspended again. After a second suspension, your license can only be reinstated if the points are fewer than 10. Getting a suspended license can affect your auto insurance rate by increasing the premium.

Connecticut DMV Point System Breakdown

In Connecticut, the points are issued according to the violation. The least violation gets the lower point, and the more serious one receives the highest points. So, below is a breakdown of how the points are given.

1-Point Violations

One point violation is the least common and dangerous offense. Here is a list of some:

  • Making illegal turn
  • Not using the signal turn
  • Some speeding tickets
  • Driving the direction on a one-way street

2-Point Violations

Violations that will add 2 points to your license are:

  • Not obeying a yield sign
  • Not following a stop sign
  • Driving too slowly in traffic
  • Disobeying a police officer direction

3-Point Violations

Violations that will give you 3 points on your license:

  • Passing on the right
  • Tailgating
  • Not giving the right of way to an emergency vehicle
  • Driving under the influence

4-Point Violations

Four-point violations are severe and are committed when:

  • Passing a stop school bus
  • Tailgating and harassing

5-Point Violations

This is the most serious violations:

  • Driving a school but at excessive speed
  • Homicide with a motor vehicle

How to Remove Points

In some cases, removing points from your license are not as difficult. However, it will depend on the court and the violation committed in the first place. Points that cannot be removed will remain on your license for up to 24 months or 2years.

For the ones that are removable, taking a defensive driving course will remove points. Again, the type of violation will determine if a defensive class may apply. It is best to get the recommendation from the court on what must be done to get rid of the points.