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How long do penalty points stay on your driver's license?

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The length of time that penalty points stay on a driver's license depends on the state. In most states, points stay on one's driving record for two to three years.

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Each state has unique rules with regards to how long penalty points stay on a driver's license. According to DMV.org, states that remove points after two years include Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. Other states remove points after three years. These states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas.

A few states maintain points for longer periods of time. For example, in Massachusetts, the points remain on an individual's record for six years, and in Wisconsin, they stay for five years. Some states, such as Alaska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, remove points for each year of spotless driving. Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming do not use the points system.

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