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The Pennsylvania Point System Penalties

 

First accumulation of 6 points

 

When any driving record reaches 6 or more points for the first time, the driver will receive a written notice to take a special point examination. The examination will address:

 

  1. Knowledge of safe driving practices,
  2. Knowledge of Departmental sanctions, and
  3. Knowledge of related safety issues.

 

The driver has 30 days to successfully pass the exam or else the license will be suspended until the exam is passed. If the exam is passed within the 30 day period, 2 points will be removed from the driving record.

 

Second accumulation of 6 points

 

When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a departmental hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver’s record. After the hearing, the Department will:

 

  1. Order a 15 day license suspension,
  2. Order the driver to take a special driver’s examination, or
  3. Take no action.

 

If the license is suspended or a special driver’s exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from the driving record if the driver passes the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15 day suspension has been served. No points are removed from the driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction.

 

Failure to attend this departmental hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

 

Third of more accumulation of 6 points

 

When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. The Department will then determine if a 30 day license suspension will be initiated.

 

Failure to attend this departmental hearing will result in the suspension of the driver’s license until the driver attends the hearing.

 

Excessive speeding

 

When a driver is convicted for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver will have to attend a departmental hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. Upon the Department’s review of the hearing file, one or both of the following will be initiated

  1. 15 day license suspension
  2. Special driver’s examination

 

If a 15 day suspension is initiated, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration. No points are removed if a special driver’s examination is initiated and completed.

 

Failure to attend this departmental hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

 

Accumulation of 11 points or more

 

When any driving record reaches 11 or more points, the driver’s license will automatically be suspended. The length of suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended in the past. The suspension schedule is as follows:

 

  1. First suspension – 5 days per point
  2. Second suspension – 10 days per point
  3. Third suspension – 15 days per point
  4. Subsequent suspension – one year

 

Point removal for safe driving

 

Three points are removed from a driving record for every 12 consecutive months a person drives (from the date of the last violation) without a violation which results in points, license suspension or revocation. Once a driving record is reduced to zero and remains at zero points for 12 consecutive months, any further accumulation of points is treated as the first accumulation of points.

 

License suspension and restoration

 

If a driver’s license is to be suspended, a written notice will be mailed to the driver listing the date when the suspension will begin. The driver may appeal the suspension of in his or her Court of Common Pleas. The appeal must be made within 30 days after the mailing date of the notice.

 

 

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