Rhode Island DMV Points System: A No Point State

Rhode Island, unlike many other states, does not use a driving point system.

In other states, they use point systems to track driving behaviors and good standing. Doing certain actions will result in penalties and tickets such as speeding, driving under the influence, not carrying insurance, and more.

Instead:

Rhode Island will issue traffic tickets and citations while leaving notes on your driving record. An officer or court may pull your records to determine if you’re a negligent driver which may result in higher ticket costs and other fines.

Others that may pull the driving records include:

  • Insurance companies
  • Potential employers
  • Rental or property companies

The Rhode Island courts have the final say in what happens when you cause traffic, moving, or non-moving violations. This may include anything from tickets to a license suspension or revocation.

Tickets can range from a few hundred dollars to potentially costing you thousands. This may include the original ticket plus court fees and other damages you may have caused in tandem with your actions.

Your best course of action is to practice safe driving.

Respect the road rules when you’re behind the wheel. Pay attention to your driving and vehicle operation. Be mindful of your fellow drivers and their actions.