Accumulation of Points and MVA Consequences

If you have driven on 270,  the beltway or the ICC in Maryland, you may have experienced a traffic stop either for speeding or for another traffic infraction. Many drivers are unaware that Maryland MVA is notified of your points once you are convicted of a driving infraction,  or when you pay a fine relating to a moving violation. If you have a provisional license, you will automatically be called in for a points conference after accumulating only 2 points.

Here is a detailed list of accumulation of points and potential MVA consequences:

  • 3 to 4 points – The MVA will send you a warning letter.
  • 5 to 7 points – The MVA will require you to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
  • 8 to 11 points – The MVA will send you a notice of suspension.
  • 12 or more points – The MVA will send you a notice of revocation.

The District Court of Maryland does not have the authority to remove points from your license. The Judge can only reduce the rate of speed that you are ultimately convicted of. 

If you receive a payable traffic infraction, you have only 30 days to request a trial.  If you don’t request a trial, the points will automatically be added to your driving record. If you receive a traffic infraction from law enforcement, you should consult an attorney. Failure to pay a fine or appear in court after requesting a trial will result in a fine and a suspension of your privilege to drive in the state of Maryland.  If you receive a notice of suspension from the MVA, you have only 15 days to request a hearing, or your drivers license will be automatically suspended.

For more information regarding MVA consequences and accumulation of points on your drivers license visit:http://www.mva.maryland.gov/aboutmva/info/26100/26100-02T.htm

The Law Office of Lynndolyn Mitchell represents individuals in all traffic related cases occuring in Prince George’s, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.

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