How to Get Points Removed from Your License

Points on your licenseIt’s always a bummer to be pulled over by the cops for speeding or for reckless driving, and the situation isn’t made any better if the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) subsequently “awards” you with the one thing that most of us dreads secretly: demerit points. This might result in your license being revoked – in California, 4 demerit points in a period of 12 months is enough for you to be labeled as “negligent”, and your license may be suspended if your latest traffic violation is serious enough.

Thus, all drivers have been desperately trying to avoid accumulating these penalty points under their name, even kneeling onto the ground to plead with the traffic police to let them off. However, if you’ve already been given demerit points, then you’ll find the information below useful as it will teach you how you can strike off those points from your name.

1. Apply for driving safety and accident reduction courses

In certain states, it is possible for you to deduct up to 4 penalty points by simply attending classes conducted in traffic schools. These courses are designed to help drivers understand the key concepts of safe driving, such as how to look out for accident precursors and the art of defensive driving. In fact, in some states, the DMV will make it mandatory for you to attend these courses if you have accumulated a certain number of demerit points.

However, you must note that some offenses cannot be struck off, such as demerit points from collisions, driving under influence (DUI) or repeated offenses. In addition, you can only remove demerit points this way every 5 years (18 months in some states).

2. Appeal against your traffic violation

Sometimes, it is possible to appeal successfully against the offense that you are charged with. The authorities sometimes do not have sufficient evidence to indict you, and you the charges on you can be cleared on these grounds. In addition, the authorities might even waive the charges on you if you’re a first time offender, and have a generally good track record on the roads (i.e. has never been in a major traffic violation, and were rarely involved in minor traffic violations).

In addition, you can also base your defense on the fact that the traffic police might have made a human error when recording your traffic offense. As usual, if you’re a first time offender, they will probably let you off based on these grounds. This way, you’ll avoid getting demerit points on your license.

3. Know the rules and regulations for traffic violations

Sometimes, you might be unfairly indicted of a traffic offense. For example, if you were driving less than 10 mph below the speed limit, doing so in a school zone and it’s your first speed-limit offense, you can appeal for this charge to be dropped, thus saving you from being slapped with penalty points in your license. Know how the traffic police issue offenses, and if you think you have spotted an unfair judgment, let the authorities know. This might reduce your demerit points by quite a far bit.

4. Wait it out

If you have been awarded penalty points, it will do you good to drive carefully for the rest of the year. Observe all traffic rules, such as overtaking procedures, staying within the speed limit and keeping to the right if you’re a slow moving vehicle, and your demerit points will be lifted after one year. Usually, DMV will remove 3 demerit points from your records for every year of good behavior on the roads.

5. Prayer of Judgment Continued

As a last resort, you can invoke this act known as the “Prayer of Judgment Continued”. If you plead guilty to your charges, but invoke this act, any punishment that is to be dealt to you will be lifted. However, the success of the Prayer of Judgment Continued will depend on the decision of the judge. Usually, if the district attorney supports this move, the judge will decide favorably as well.

However, your traffic violations will still be recorded under your name. In addition, you can only use it twice every 5 years. If your traffic offense is a major one, the probability of it being approved is minimal. Moreover, if you’re holding a commercial driver’s license, or were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the offense, you will not be able to invoke this act.

With these tips to remove penalty points in place, you’ll find that your accumulated points will start to reduce. The next step is then clear: make sure you don’t gain back those demerit points again.


  Comments: 13

  1. I got a ticket for disobeying a traffic light. I have a commercial license. I was in my personal vehicle. I tried to fight the ticket and was found guilty. I got 3 points on my license. How can I get my points removed from my commercial license?

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      Since you were found guilty, your best bet would be to enroll in a driver safety course. Check with your local DMV office or browse online to see what courses are available. Successfully completing the driver safety course should remove those 3 points from your license, just make sure to obey all traffic laws in the future. Sometimes trying to make that light before it turns red can be very costly, as you could either be pulled over and given a ticket, or you could also be involved in an accident.

  2. Can I appeal to get 2 points taken of my license? I need it in order to get a job.

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      You can try to appeal your 2 points, although it’s best to plan for appeals to not work. Traffic violation appeals can be successful, but oftentimes they aren’t. However, it’s certainly worth trying to appeal it if you think you have a legitimate basis for an appeal. The authorities won’t just overturn the points because you want to, so you need some type of reason.
      In addition to an appeal, you can also enroll in a driver safety course. This should completely wipe those 2 points off, so this might be your better option anyways.

  3. Peter E Kentebe

    I have more than 3 points on my license. I am eligible to attend traffic but never attended. It’s over a year now. Can now still attend traffic school? And how do I go about being allowed to attend traffic school

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      You can enroll in a driver safety course at any time, even if you don’t have any points on your record. In addition, if you’ve practiced good driving in the last year, then you should see a 3 point reduction in your total number. But yes, you can still take a driver safety course to drop it even further. You can either look online for local driver safety courses, which are sometimes called defensive driver courses, or you can visit your local DMV to get information on how to enroll.

  4. Point taken

  5. How can I take off 2 points of my driver license or what can I do?

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      Your best option to get 2 points off your record is to enroll in a driver safety course. This will remove those points from your record and also will teach you how to best avoid getting any further points in the future. Check with your state’s DMV to find out more information on how to enroll in one of these courses.
      If you think the 2 points were in error, then you can also try to appeal your 2 points. However, this isn’t guaranteed to work, so your fastest option would be to take the driver safety course.

  6. Richard Dunbar

    Can I get points off a CDL? Got 2
    Points for DWL cause dot med. Wasn’t in DMV computer, but had a valid card with me. Next 1 point for backing into a light pole on private property.

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      Your best bet would be to enroll in a driver safety course. Check with your local DMV office or browse online to see what courses are available. Successfully completing the driver safety course should remove those 3 points from your license.
      It also sounds like you might be able to appeal the 2 points based on your documentation. You’ll need to show the authorities your doctor-approved medication, and likely a doctor’s note saying that you are allowed to drive while taking those meds, but an appeal should work if you can get that documentation.

  7. I got pulled over for going 20mph over the posted speed limit, it gave me 6 points on my license. I was in my personal vehicle when it happened. I have my CDL and these points have been an absolute pain in the butt. I took the Defensive Driving Course recently for $80 and got 3 points off thinking it would make it a little easier to get a job. I was wrong, I wish there was a way to get the other 3 off and not have to wait 12 months before I’m able to take the Course again.. I’m sick of struggling and not being able to get a job!

    • Andrew@4AutoInsuranceQuote

      Hi Shane,
      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. Speeding tickets can definitely be a game-changer when it comes to CDLs and finding or keeping a driving job. It’s good that you took a defensive driver course and got the 3 points taken off, but yes, unfortunately, you will have to wait another 12 months to take it again. In the meantime, you will just have to try and keep your head up and keep looking for a job. Demand for truck drivers is huge right now, so there might be some companies that would hire you with just the 3 points. Keep trying!

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