Points System: 

The Department of Driver Services (DDS) point system ranges from 2 to 6 points depending on the type of citation issued. A driver who accumulates 15 points in a 24 month period will automatically have their driver license suspended. The most common citations are for speeding violations.

There are two instances in which DDS does not assess any points for speeding violations:

  1. No points are assessed for speeding citations less than 15 miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit; and
  2. No points are assessed against non-residents of Georgia.

Below is a list of the types of convictions and the respective points assessed per violation under Georgia law:

  • Aggressive Driving — 6 Points
  • Unlawful Passing School Bus — 6 Points
  • Reckless Driving — 4 Points
  • Improper Passing On Hill or Curve — 4 Points
  • Failure To Obey Traffic Control Device — 3 Points
  • Failure To Obey Police Officer — 3 Points
  • Possessing an Open container of an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving — 2 Points
  • Failure To Adequately Secure Load — 2 Points
  • Violation of Child Safety Restraint
    • 1st. Offense — 1 Point
    • 2nd Offense — 2 Points
  • All Other Moving Violations — 3 Points

To learn how citations impact drivers under the age of 21 click on: https://aroralascala.com/drivers-license-suspensions-in-ga-affecting-teenagers-and-drivers-under-21/

To learn how drug convictions will impact driving privileges click on: https://aroralascala.com/ga-drivers-license-will-be-suspended-for-felony-or-misdemeanor-drug-convictions/

To learn how DUI or DWI convictions will impact driving privileges click on: https://aroralascala.com/dui-penalties-in-georgia/

Points Reduction

How does one obtain a points reduction? 

Under Georgia law, licensed Georgia residents may request the DDS to reduce the number of points assessed to their driver license by up to 7 points. DDS will only process a points reduction request once every 5 years. To qualify for point reduction, you must complete a defensive driving course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS. A list of DDS approved driver improvement courses can be found at: http://www.dds.ga.gov/DUI/SchoolMatrix.aspx 


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