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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

myBMV > Suspension and Reinstatement > Driving Record Points Driving Record Points

Indiana law assesses a point value for each conviction of certain moving violations. The point value relates to the seriousness of the offense in posing a risk to traffic safety. Point values for offenses range from zero to eight points, depending on the violation. Points stay active on an individual’s driving record for two years from the conviction date.


Common Point Values
 1 – 15 mph over the speed limit  2 point violation
 16 – 25 mph over the speed limit  4 point violation
 26+ mph over the speed limit  6 point violation
 Failure to use headlights  2 point violation
 No brake or signal lights  2 point violation
 Disregard stop/yield sign  4 point violation
 Fail to yield to emergency vehicle  6 point violation
 Improper U-turn  4 point violation
 Following too closely  6 point violation
 Unsafe lane movement  4 point violation
 Failure to yield  6 point violation
 Speed contest on road  8 point violation
 Improper motorcycle headgear  4 point violation
 Improper motorcycle passenger  4 point violation
 Driving while suspended  8 point violation

A court may require a driver to complete a Driver Safety Program (DSP) or Defensive Driving Course (DDC). If the requirement is a court imposed DSP or DDC, then the driver should inquire with the court about which DDC or DSP provider will satisfy the court’s requirement. However, the BMV requires a driver who commits two or more traffic offenses, within a 12-month period, that result in convictions to complete a BMV-approved DSP. Drivers who are under 21 years of age are required to complete a DSP if before they are 21 they are convicted of two or more traffic offenses, involved in two or more accidents, or a combination of the two. Failure to complete a BMV approved DSP course within the specified time period will result in the suspension of the individual's driving privileges.

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