South Carolina's point-based driving record system

If you have ever been stopped by a police officer in South Carolina and received a traffic ticket, you are far from alone. Many people are issued citations for everything ranging from speeding to rolling stops to failing to use a turn signal and more. In many situations, these things are almost treated as normal events that just happen and while they may be annoying and costly are not always considered seriously.

Certainly a basic traffic ticket is not as serious as a felony criminal charge, for example, but amassing too many citations may end up finding you being notified that you have lost your right to drive. That is because every ticket you receive adds a certain number of points onto your driving record. According to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, once you have reached six points on your record, you will get a warning. Add another six and your license could be suspended.

Some points will fall off your record naturally with time. Others might be taken off if you complete an approved safe driving class but this is only allowed once every three years. If your license is suspended you might need to pay reinstatement fees to get your driving privileges restored.

If you would like to learn more about how the state tracks, adds and removes points from your driving record and how that may impact your right to drive, please feel free to visit the driver's license points page of our South Carolina traffic ticket defense website.

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