Virginia DMV Points

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Virginia DMV Points

This page does not contain legal advice and is for informational purposes only. Laws sometimes change and this website may not reflect recent changes. We do, however, strive to make updates in a timely fashion. For more information, please visit the official Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. If in doubt about a specific law or issue, call 888.695.6565 or send a message to our Northern Virginia traffic attorney.

If convicted of a moving violation, the DMV will assess demerit points according to offense category. The three categories for purposes of determining demerit point assessment are: 3 point violations; 4 point violations; and, 6 point violations.

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Virginia DMV 3 Point Violations

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  • Speeding 1-9 mph over the limit
  • Driving too slow (impeding traffic) Note: no exact speed requirement

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  • No Virginia license if a Virginia license is required
  • No Virginia license plate if Virginia license plates are required
  • Failure to obtain a driver’s license
  • No license – vehicle/motorcycle
  • Failure to re-validate a license
  • Learner’s permit violation
  • Allowing an unlicensed person to operate a motor vehicle
  • Violating terms of a restricted license (in some circumstances)

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  • Failure to obey highway sign
  • Evading traffic control device

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  • Improper turn
  • Improper U-turn
  • Violation of right turn on red
  • Violation of left turn on red

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  • Driving without lights/excessive lights
  • Failure to dim headlights
  • Parking without proper lights displayed
  • Inadequate hazard lights

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  • Improper passing
  • Improper passing on the right
  • Improper driving
  • Improper stopping on highway
  • Changing course after signaling
  • Coasting with gears in neutral
  • Failure to give way in favor of overtaking vehicle
  • Failure to give way when abreast of another car
  • Driving through safety zone
  • Driving over fire hose
  • Unauthorized use of crossover on controlled highway
  • Driving/riding on sidewalk

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  • Driving with alcohol in blood
  • Driving without license
  • Driving with more than 1 driver’s license
  • Driving without endorsement(s)
  • Driving without license in possession
  • Commercial driver’s license/instruction permit violation
  • Driving in left lane of interstate
  • Driving in excess of 13 hours in a 24-hour period
  • Driving public passenger-carrying vehicle under age
  • Transporting school children without a safety belt
  • Driving school bus without license
  • Driving school bus under age
  • Vehicle height exceeds limit for tunnels

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  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash, unattended property
  • Failure to leave the scene of a crash at the direction of officer
  • Failure to report a crash, unattended property, less than $250 damage
  • Following/parking within 500 feet of fire apparatus
  • Emergency vehicle violation
  • Drinking while driving
  • Improper driving/riding motorcycle
  • Driving with TV screen visible to driver
  • Driving while using earphones
  • Passenger restriction violation
  • Curfew violation
  • HOV violation, second or subsequent offense – Northern Virginia planning district 8


Virginia DMV 4 Point Violations

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  • Reckless driving – failure to stop before entering a highway
  • Speeding
  • Speeding 10-14 mph above the posted speed limit
  • Speeding 15-19 mph above the posted speed limit
  • Speeding 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit

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  • Failure to drive to the right and stop for police/fire/emergency vehicle
  • Failure to stop for pedestrian with white cane
  • Failure to stop and yield right-of-way
  • Failure to yield right-of-way
  • Failure to yield when turning left
  • Failure to yield to funeral procession

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  • Following too closely
  • Failure to signal before moving from curb
  • Improper signal

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  • Failure to slow down/stop at a railroad crossing
  • Failure to have sufficient space to drive through a railroad crossing
  • Failure to obey traffic control device or enforcement official at a railroad crossing
  • Failure to have sufficient undercarriage clearance at a railroad crossing

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  • Failure to drive on right half of highway or street
  • Failure to keep to the right when crossing an intersection
  • Driving to the left of rotary traffic island

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  • Passing when unsafe
  • Passing to the left of approaching vehicle

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  • Failure to obey railroad crossing signal
  • Failure to stop at railroad grade crossing
  • Failure to keep to the right at a railroad crossing
  • Failure to stop passenger-carrying vehicle at railroad grade crossing
  • Railroad crossing/stopping
  • Improper operation of crawler-type tractor over railroad crossing

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  • Operating a motor vehicle while suspended/revoked/restricted with a blood alcohol content of .02% or more
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash, unattended property, damage in excess of $500
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash, property damage
  • Emergency vehicle violation – property damage
  • Emergency vehicle violation – injury
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signal
  • Failure to obey lane directional signal
  • Failure to obey highway lane markings
  • Improper backing, stopping or turning
  • Driving the wrong way on one-way highway or street
  • Impeding/disrupting funeral procession
  • Disregarding police officer’s signal to stop
  • Disregarding crossing guard/officer’s signal


Virginia DMV 6 Point Violations

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  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Driving after illegally consuming alcohol (persons under age 21)
  • Driving while intoxicated – maiming
  • Involuntary manslaughter/alcohol
  • Refusing blood/breath test
  • Driving while your license is suspended or revoked for driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while your license is revoked for driving while intoxicated – maiming
  • Driving while your license is revoked for driving while intoxicated – involuntary manslaughter

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  • Manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter/aggravated

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  • Driving on suspended license
  • Driving while your license is suspended or revoked
  • Driving while your license is suspended or revoked for non-payment of court fines and costs
  • Driving under suspension or revocation before giving proof of financial responsibility

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  • Reckless driving – speeding in excess of 80 mph
  • Reckless driving – speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Reckless driving – racing
  • Reckless driving – passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle
  • Reckless driving – passing a school bus
  • Reckless driving – passing on the crest of a hill
  • Reckless driving – passing at a railroad crossing
  • Reckless driving – passing two vehicles abreast
  • Reckless driving – driving two vehicles abreast
  • Reckless driving – driving too fast for conditions
  • Reckless driving – failing to give a proper signal
  • Reckless driving – faulty brakes/improper control
  • Reckless driving – on parking lots, etc.
  • Reckless driving – with an obstructed view
  • Reckless driving – generally
  • Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit

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  • Driving after being declared a habitual offender
  • Authorizing person suspended for habitual offender and/or driving while intoxicated to drive

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  • Driving commercial motor vehicle while disqualified
  • Driving commercial motor vehicle with blood alcohol .04 or more
  • Driving commercial motor vehicle with blood alcohol .08 or more
  • Driving commercial motor vehicle under influence of drugs
  • Driving commercial motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Refusing blood/breath test while operating commercial motor vehicle
  • Violating out of service order

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  • Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Injuring person while racing – felony
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash – injury
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash – death
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a crash – property damage of $1000 or more
  • Emergency vehicle violation – death
  • Vehicular assault or willful stopping, impeding or damaging vehicle
  • Blocking access to service facility
  • Attempting to elude police
  • Passing stopped school bus (non-reckless)
  • Operating unsafe vehicle


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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.

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