Explaining The Driver’s License Points System in Colorado

July 27, 2023

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As we navigate the roads and highways, it is essential to understand the significance of the driver’s license points system. Driving is often mistaken as a right rather than a privilege, and with this misconception comes a lack of awareness about the consequences of accumulating points on your license. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of the point system, focusing on Colorado’s specific regulations. By shedding light on how points are accrued, the impact on driving privileges, the administrative hearing process, insurance implications, and more, we aim to equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of the system. So buckle up, join us on this informative journey, and discover how the driver’s license points system can shape your driving privilege.

An Overview of The Point System in Colorado

Understanding the point system is crucial for every driver. In Colorado, the point system is designed to encourage safe driving practices and hold drivers accountable for their actions. Under this system, each traffic violation is assigned a specific point value based on its severity. Minor infractions may carry fewer points, while major offenses can result in a higher accumulation. These points remain on your license for a designated period, typically ranging from one to five years, depending on the offense.

Colorado License Points for Traffic Violations
Violation Points
Speeding: 5 -9 MPH over 1
Speeding: 10 – 19 MPH over 4
Speeding: 20 – 39 MPH over 6
Speeding: 40+ MPH over 12
Not wearing a seat belt 2
Improper passing 4
Failure to yield right of way 3
Running a stoplight or sign 4
Careless driving 4
Failure to show proof of insurance 4
Reckless driving 8
“Speeding Contest” 12
DUI (Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) 12
Evading an officer 12
Fleeing the scene of an accident 12

How long do points stay on your license in Colorado?

In Colorado, points from traffic violations stay on your driver’s license permanently, but they only affect your driving privileges for 24 months. After two years, the points no longer count towards a license suspension.

Let’s break down the point accumulation limits for adults and minors. In Colorado, adult drivers (age 21 and over) face a threshold of 12 points within a 12-month period or 18 points within a 24-month period. Exceeding these limits can result in the suspension of your driver’s license. For minor drivers (under the age of 21), the point accumulation limits are more stringent. They face a threshold of just six points within 12 months or seven points total at any time until they reach the age of 21.

Number of Points Requiring Driver License Suspension in Colorado

  • Adults Driver (21 years old and over):
    • License suspension with 12 or more points within 12 months
    • License suspension with 18 or more points within 24 months
  • Minor Deriver (18 – 21 years old):
    • 9 or more within any 12 months
    • 12 or more within any 24 months
    • 14 or more at any point between ages 18-21
  • Minor Driver (17 years & Under)
    • 6 or more within any 12 months
    • 7 or more at any point while under 18

You can find more information on the Colorado Department of Revenue

The impact of accumulating points on your driving privileges cannot be understated. Each point on your license brings you closer to potential consequences such as license suspension, increased insurance premiums, and mandatory driver improvement courses. It is essential to be mindful of your driving habits and take proactive measures to avoid exceeding the point threshold.

The Administrative Hearing Process

When facing the consequences of accumulating too many points on your driver’s license, the administrative hearing process becomes a crucial step in determining the duration of your suspension. The hearing allows you to present your case, challenge any allegations, and provide supporting evidence surrounding the traffic violations that led to the accumulation of points on your license.

The DMV plays a vital role in this process. They are responsible for scheduling and conducting these hearings and ensuring that they adhere to the state’s regulations and guidelines. During the hearing, an administrative judge or officer, appointed by the DMV, will listen to your case and consider relevant evidence and arguments presented.

One potential outcome of the administrative hearing is the determination of the suspension duration. Depending on the severity of the violations and other factors, the judge or officer may decide to reduce or extend the length of your suspension.

In certain cases, where the suspension would cause undue hardship, the availability of a red license for essential travel may be considered. A red license allows restricted driving privileges for specific purposes, such as commuting to work, attending medical appointments, or fulfilling essential family obligations. However, it is important to note that the availability and conditions for obtaining a red license may vary depending on state regulations.

Insurance Implications

The accumulation of points on your driver’s license can have significant implications on your insurance premiums. When insurance companies assess your risk as a driver, they consider various factors, including your driving record. Insurance carriers view high-point drivers as higher-risk individuals who are more likely to be involved in accidents or commit further traffic offenses. As a result, they may adjust your insurance premiums to reflect this increased risk.

Safe driving practices are crucial to maintaining affordable insurance premiums. By avoiding traffic violations and accumulating points on your license, you demonstrate responsible and low-risk driving behavior. Insurance carriers reward drivers with clean records by offering more favorable premium rates. It is essential to prioritize safe driving habits, adhere to traffic laws, and be mindful of the potential consequences that point accumulation can have on your insurance costs.

How to Request Your Colorado Driving Record

You can request your Colorado driving record in 3 ways, Online, by mail, or in person. You will receive  essential details including: your current point total, a list of accumulated traffic violations and their corresponding dates, any suspensions or revocations, and information about traffic accidents you’ve been involved in.

How to Request Your Colorado Driving Record Online

Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles to request your record. You will need an email and a valid credit card before you start. 

  1. Visit the Colorado DMV website.
  2. Choose “Self-Request” or “Attorney” request. (click next)
  3. Provide your information: Drivers License Number, Name, DOB, DL issue date, last 4 of SSN or ITIN, check the certify box. (click Next)
  4. Choose option: 7 year Driving Record or Full Driving Record, Pick certified / Not Certified.
  5. A Non-Certified copy will be emailed or mailed to the desired email / mail address provided once payment is received. Add Email or address.(Click Next)
  6. Click: “I Certify” information & $9 Fee(Click Next
  7. Attach forms (attorneys only).
  8. Pay with a credit card.

How to Request Your Colorado Driving Record by Mail

Download the request form from the DOR website, fill it out, with a check  and mail it to the address provided. 

Mail to:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Driver Control Section, Room 164
Driver Control Section
P.O. Box 173345
Denver, CO 80217-3345

How to Request Your Colorado Driving Record in person

Head down to your nearest Colorado DMV office. They can provide a copy of your record on the spot at your local Driver License Office Location

By referencing your driving record, you can:

  • Monitor your point total: Keep track of any points you’ve accumulated and stay proactive in avoiding a license suspension.
  • Verify point removals: Ensure that points have been removed after completing a defensive driving course or when the designated time period has passed.
  • Identify errors: In rare instances, there might be discrepancies in your record. Having a copy allows you to address them promptly.

Remember, a clean driving record translates to lower insurance premiums!

Contact Our Auto Accident Law Firm

In conclusion, understanding the driver’s license points system is vital for every driver. It is crucial to prioritize responsible and safe driving practices to avoid the consequences of accumulating points. For state-specific information, we encourage readers to consult an attorney who can provide personalized guidance. If you are in Colorado or Arizona, the attorneys at Ramos Law have extensive experience in personal injury and auto accident cases. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for expert advice and representation – the earlier you consult us, the better we can assist with shaping your case. Protect your driving privilege and ensure you have the necessary legal support when needed.

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