In the United States, the number of points it takes to lose a driver's license depends on state traffic laws, states DMV.org. A point system is used by most states, and the amount of points needed for license suspension, along with the length of time points carry over, vary.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of points required for license suspension varies from four to eight, depending on the period of time in which they were accumulated. The New York DMV dictates that any driver who accumulates more than six points in an 18-month period in New York state is required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee over a three-year period. A New York driver who accumulates 11 points within 18 months can get his license suspended.