How Points Are Assigned to Traffic Violations
Here is an overview of the point system and the point reduction process:
- Accumulating Points: Each traffic violation is assigned a certain number of points based on severity. The more serious the violation, the higher the points assigned. For example, reckless driving can result in 4 points, while speeding can result in 2 points.
- Point Suspension: If you accumulate too many points within a certain timeframe, your driving license may be suspended. For drivers under 18, 10 or more points within five years can lead to suspension, while for drivers 18 and over, 15 or more points within five years can result in suspension.
- Point Reduction: You can complete a defensive driving course to reduce points. You can have up to 2 points removed from your driving record by successfully completing the course.
Violations and Point Values
|Running red lights||2-4|
|Improper lane change||2|
To reduce points on your driving record, you can employ certain strategies. Attending a defensive driving course can help you earn a 2-point credit while completing a driver improvement program can earn you a 4-point credit. Additionally, driving violation-free for one year will result in a 2-point credit.
Consequences of Accumulating Points on Your Oklahoma Driver’s License
- Increased insurance premiums: Insurance companies often raise rates for drivers with points on their license, as they are considered higher risk.
- Driver improvement course: Depending on the number of points you accumulate, you may be required to complete a course to avoid license suspension.
- Limited job opportunities: Some employers may negatively view a poor driving record and hesitate to hire you.
- Difficulty obtaining affordable auto insurance: With points on your license, finding affordable auto insurance can be challenging.
Point Reduction Eligibility
You can reduce points on your Oklahoma driving license by completing an approved defensive driving course.
To be eligible for a point reduction, you must meet certain requirements. First, you must hold a valid Oklahoma driver’s license. Second, you must not have completed a defensive driving course within the past 24 months. Additionally, you cannot have more than four points on your driving record at the time of course completion.
Note that the course must be approved for Driver Improvement or Defensive Driving. “Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention” courses do not qualify.
Once you meet these eligibility requirements, you can proceed with the point reduction process. To get started, find an approved defensive driving course and enroll. After successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Submit this certificate to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) to have the points reduced from your driving record.
How Can I Check the Number of Points on My Oklahoma Driver’s License?
You can easily do so online or by contacting the Department of Public Safety to check the number of points on your Oklahoma driver’s license. Stay informed about your driving record for a responsible and safe driving experience.