In Pennsylvania, the Department of Motor Vehicles (PennDot) maintains a driving record for every licensed driver. When a driver pleads or is found guilty of traffic violations, points can be added to their driving record. Points will then be removed at a rate of 3 points 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. PennDot will begin to take corrective action when a driver accumulates 6 or more points.
Upon the first accumulation of 6 points, a driver will receive a written notice to take a special written point examination which will address: 1) safe driving practices; 2) departmental sanctions; and 3) related safety issues. The driver has 30 days to pass the points exam and, if passed in that time period, the driver will avoid a driver’s license suspension and have 2 points removed from his or her driving record.
When a Pennsylvania driver accumulates 6 points for the second time, he or she will have to attend a Departmental hearing. At this hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver’s total record and, after the hearing, may impose a 15 day license suspension, require the driver to complete an on-road driver’s examination, or take no further action. If the driver is suspended or completes the on-road examination, 2 points will be removed from their driving record. If the driver fails to attend the hearing, his or her license will be suspended for 60 days.
If a driver accumulates 6 or more points for a third or greater time, the driver will again have to attend a Departmental hearing. On these occasions, the hearing examiner will, after reviewing the record, determine if a 30 day license suspension should be initiated. If the driver fails to attend a hearing for a third or greater accumulation of six points, their driver’s license will be suspended until the driver attends the hearing.
When any driving accumulates 11 or more points, their driver’s license will automatically be suspended. The length of suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended previously. Specifically, the length of suspension will be as follows:
- For a first suspension – 5 days per point;
- For a second suspension – 10 days per point;
- For a third suspension – 15 days per point; and
- For subsequent suspensions – one year point Removal for safe driving
A driver may also face sanctions if they are convicted of speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. In this case, the driver will automatically have to attend a Departmental hearing where the Department may impose a 15 day license suspension or require the driver to complete an on-road driver’s examination. If the driver is suspended for 15 days, his or her record will show 5 points upon restoration. If the driver completes the on-road examination, no point will be removed. If the driver fails to attend the hearing, his or her license will be suspended for 60 days.
Juvenile drivers under the age of 18 face stiffer penalties in addition to those mentioned above. A driver under the age of 18 will be suspended if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. The first suspension will be for a period of 90 days and any subsequent occurrences will result in a 120 day suspension.
If you are charged with a traffic violation you may have the opportunity to get your charges lowered or dismissed so that you do not have to deal with the Pennsylvania Point System. DeLuco Law and help you fight your traffic ticket and get the best possible outcome in your case.
Because everyone’s situation is unique and restoration requirements vary greatly, you should contact DeLuco Law for a free consultation to discuss your individual suspension. There is almost always something that can be done to help you get your driving privileges back sooner. Depending on your circumstances we may discuss the possibility of an Occupational Limited License (sometimes called OLL, bread n’ butter license, work license or occupational license), a Probationary License, or fully restoring your Pennsylvania Driver’s License.
DeLuco Law has been very successful at getting Pennsylvania’s suspended drivers get their licenses back. If you have a license suspension, you should contact DeLuco Law for a free consolation and let us help get you driving again.