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How Do I Remove Points From My Colorado License in 2024?

The length of time points stay on your driving record in Colorado varies depending on the type of violation. In most cases, traffic violation points remain on your record for a certain period, after which they begin to drop off if you haven’t been convicted of additional traffic-related offenses.
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How Do You Get Points on Your Driving Record?

Driving record points are usually the result of traffic violations. The exact number of points assessed per violation varies by state, and accumulating too many points within a given time-frame can lead to higher insurance premiums, license suspension, and other consequences.

A general overview of how points are assessed includes:

  • Speeding Tickets - Speeding violations typically result in points being added to your driving record. The number of points varies based on how many miles per hour you broke the speed limit.
  • Reckless Driving - Involves willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, and usually results in a significant number of points being added to your driving record.
  • Running Red Lights or Stop Signs - Disregarding traffic signals and signs can lead to points being added to your record.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - DUI convictions usually end in a substantial number of points, and they often carry severe additional consequences such as license suspension.
  • At-Fault Accidents - Causing a traffic accident may result in points added to your driver's license, especially if the accident involves serious violations or injuries.
  • Driving Without a License or Insurance - Driving a car without a valid license or insurance may lead to points.
  • Other Moving Violations - Any number of other moving violations, such as improper lane changes, following too closely, or being on your phone while driving, can cause points to be added to your driving record.

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 the 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

Understanding the Colorado License Points System

In Colorado, adult drivers (age 21 and above) 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 your driver’s license being suspended. Minor drivers under the age of 21 face a more stringent threshold of just 6 points within 12 months or 7 points total at any time until they reach the age of 21.

Are You Concerned About Points on Your Driving Record?

If you have concerns about the points on your driving record or if you received a traffic citation, you should contact the Colorado DMV or talk to legal professionals who specialize in traffic law. They can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information based on the laws and regulations in Colorado.

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