Two points will increase a driver’s insurance costs by roughly 20% to 100%, depending on the state, insurance company and type of violation. Two points are assigned for relatively minor traffic violations, like driving at night with no headlights or making an illegal U-turn. Two points might even be the minimum number of points you can get, depending on where you live. Some states assign points by a factor of two, skipping odd numbers in their points system. The specific cost increase will vary depending on the driver’s insurance company and home state – insurance companies don’t count license points specifically, so a driver can’t be sure how much their insurance company will charge them for the violation.
Instead, license points are tracked by your state’s department of motor vehicles in 41 of the 50 states. You get points for different traffic violations, such as speeding and driving under the influence. The other nine states (Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming) keep track of the number of traffic violations you have and suspend your license if you have too many.
The long-term effects of 2 points on your license
Your insurance company doesn’t track your state license points, but they definitely care about the traffic violations that earn you those points. So your license points and your insurance costs are related. In fact, insurance companies have their own points systems for policy pricing, which take into account serious traffic violations, claims history, and more. Any additional violation or claim can further raise your insurance rates by up to 50% or more, on top of your already increased rate.
However, your state’s tracking system has far greater consequences than your insurance company’s. If your company penalizes you for a violation, the worst thing that will happen is you pay a lot of money for car insurance. If you earn too many license points, you can expect to lose your license completely.
Additional points on your record increase the odds that your next violation will result in license suspension, by bringing you closer to exceeding your state’s point limit. Two points will stay on your license anywhere from one to six years, depending on state laws – three to five years is typical.
If you have two points on your license, be extra careful in the future to avoid another violation. In some states, a defensive driving course can get two points (or more) wiped off your record, but not all states have a point reduction program. And you’re limited in how often you can use the driving course to remove points – it’s normal to have to wait at least one year before you can get more points removed. That means it’s still important to pay your ticket(s) on time and do your best to abide by all traffic laws. Doing so will increase your chance of avoiding more state or insurance penalties.
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