Indiana BMV Point System: What is It? How does it Work?

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is the agency that issues driver’s license to the state residents. It is also the agency that will suspend, revoke, or cancel an Indiana driver’s license for severe violations or repeat offenders. So, if a driver is caught driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, his or her license gets suspended immediately. The BMV also uses the BMV point system to determine to suspend a driver’s license.  Read more to learn other ways an Indiana driver’s license can be suspended, revoked, or canceled.

Indiana BMV Point System

The Indiana BMV point system equates an infraction to points. The least number of points starts at two, and the most end at eight. So, the less severe the violation, the fewer points you will get added to your Indiana driving records and vise versa.

To get a better picture of the Indiana BMV point system, here are some violations and the points award per violation.

Violations that will add two points to your Indiana driving records:

  • Driving 1 to 15 mph over the speed limit
  • Driving without headlights
  • Driving with broken brake lights

Violations that will add four points:

  • Driving 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit
  • Making an illegal U-turn

Violations that will add six points:

  • Driving 26 mph or faster over the speed limit
  • Disobeying a stop sign
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian
  • Tailgating

Violations that will add eight points:

  • Not yielding to an emergency vehicle
  • Road racing
  • Driving with a suspended license

Removing Points from your Indiana Driving Records

Some points can be removed from your Indiana driving records. Points that you received for less severe infractions can be taken off. However, points acquire from more severe violations cannot and will remain for two years.

With the approval from the BMV, you can complete a driver safety program and removed up to four points. You can take courses every three years to have points removed from your records.

Indiana Suspended Driver’s License

Some violations will result with immediate suspension. The BMV point system is not used to determine if the license will get suspended, revoke, or cancel if you are convicted to any of these traffic violations.

So, if you are convicted of:

  • Two major offenses that result in death or injury
    • Non-DUI offense: 10 years suspension
    • DUI offense: suspension for life
  • Ten traffic violations or more: 5 years suspension
  • Three major violations: 10 years suspension