How to Remove Points From a Driving Record

When a driver is convicted of a moving violation such as speeding, points are added to his driving record. Simply getting a ticket does not add points to the record. If you have not been convicted of the offense, you can avoid getting points on your driving record by going to court and pleading your case. If you already have points on your record and did not recently complete a defensive driving course, also known as traffic school, most states will deduct points from your record if you pass such a class.

Visit the website of your state's Department of Motor Vehicles to find out what kind of class is required to remove points from your driving record in your state.

Review your driving record if you are not already familiar with what is reflected on this document. Points for some infractions, such as reckless or drunken driving, cannot be removed with a defensive driving course. If needed, visit or call your town's branch of the DMV to order this information.

Register for an approved defensive driving course. You normally have to pay any fees directly to the traffic school, with cash or credit card.

Attend your course as scheduled. It is usually a half- or full-day class held on a Saturday or Sunday, though some defensive driving classes are offered over several weeknights. Be sure to pay attention to the videos and lectures, as you will be tested at the end of the day.

Keep your proof of course completion once you pass the class. If you fail, you can take the class again until you pass, but you must pay the fees each time. Those who pass will have their files submitted to the DMV, and up to five points will be removed from your record in most states. If your driving record is not updated within a couple of months, visit your local DMV branch with evidence of course completion to try to expedite getting the points taken off your record.


  • Remember that most states only allow you to get points removed from your license via traffic school every 18 months to three years.


About the Author

Stephanie Mojica has been a journalist since 1997 and currently works as a full-time reporter at the daily newspaper "The Advocate-Messenger" in Kentucky. Her articles have also appeared in newspapers such as "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and "The Virginian-Pilot," as well as several online publications. She holds a bachelor's degree from Athabasca University.