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What are driver's license points?

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Driver's license points are numbers assigned to traffic offenses and are accumulated to help the state Department of Motor Vehicles determine if a driver should have driving privileges suspended. Driver's license points may remain on driving records for up to 10 years before dropping off.

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Driver's license points systems are state specific, and some states do not use the point system at all. As of April 2015, these states include Oregon, Mississippi and Washington. In these states, driving records are monitored, and suspension is determined by the number of convictions or offenses. Driver's license points lead to automobile insurance rates being increased, and in some cases, can result in policy cancellation.

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