About the DMV Point System
The point system is a way to track the driving behavior of those in Texas. This “point system” attaches points to a driver’s record in the state, and helps determine habitual offenders, and offers more severe penalties for those who accumulate points. If a driver gets too many points, it could ultimately lead to a driver license suspension. While certainly not alone in the country with its point system (most states employ a similar system) Texas has a particularly strict system with low thresholds. In addition to this point system, some states have included financial assessments or surcharges for drivers who reach certain point levels. Texas is one of these states. In Texas, drivers may pay significant charges each year for a period of 3 years once certain point levels have been reached. They also employ a conviction-based surcharge system. While some violations would lead to an increase in auto insurance premiums for drivers, they now can also lead to serious financial penalties paid to the state for a period of years. These can add up quickly, and be quite significant. The fact that they must be paid multiple times over multiple years makes them particularly painful.
The Texas Driver Responsibility ProgramThe Texas program is the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP). In the Texas DRP, some minor violations do not result in points to your license. A speeding ticket that is for less than 10% of the posted speed will not add points to your license nor will a simple seat belt violation. Beware however that in Texas, not using an appropriate child safety seat will incur points. As mentioned, the state of Texas has a low point threshold before some harsh penalties begin to take effect. This threshold is just 6 points within a three year period. Points are not difficult to compute as the Texas system is pretty black and white:
- You get 2 points for a moving violation
- You get 3 points if your moving violation results in an accident.