Arizona driver’s license points work as part of a system that identifies and takes action against high-risk drivers by assigning a specific number of points for different types of traffic violations. In Arizona, drivers accumulate three points for minor violations like speeding. For major violations, like reckless driving, drivers will get eight points.
Driver’s License Points Per Violation in Arizona
Number of Points Assigned
Driving on or parking in a gore area
Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield the right-of-way, causing serious injury
Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield the right-of-way, causing death
Leaving the scene of accident
Other Key Things to Know About Points in Arizona
If you are convicted of a moving violation in another state, points for that violation will be added to your driving record in Arizona.
Driver’s license points in Arizona expire after 12 months. However, until they expire, you may still see higher insurance premiums, especially for major violations like DUI’s and reckless driving. Knowing when your points expire will help you understand when you may see a drop in your premiums or when it may be a good time to shop for new insurance.
The Arizona government does not disclose how long points stay on your license. License points are designed to penalize drivers for unsafe behavior, and different moving violations will result in a different number of points in each state. For example, in Arizona, a speeding ticket will result in three points.
Accumulating too many points too quickly can lead to serious consequences like fines and license suspensions. Drivers might also be classified as a high-risk to insure or be required to file an SR-22. In Arizona, 8 points in 12 months will result in a license suspension.
Driving license points are also important because insurance companies check driving records to determine how much risk a driver presents. Customers with more violations on their record will be charged a higher premium since they are considered more likely to file a claim.
You can get points off your license in Arizona by waiting for them to expire. In Arizona, points stop counting towards a suspension after 12 months, and you cannot do anything to remove points otherwise.
Even though you cannot remove points from your license in Arizona, there are other ways you can try to lower your car insurance premiums. For instance, some insurance companies give discounts to policyholders who take an approved … read full answerdefensive driving course. You can also address other risk factors, such as by improving your auto insurance score.
You can check your driving record in Arizona by going to the Motor Vehicle Department website and requesting a copy of your driving record. It costs $3 for a three-year uncertified record or $5 for a five-year certified record to purchase a copy of your Arizona driving record online, and you will need to provide your full name, driver's license number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.… read full answer
Driving records are important for insurance purposes because car insurance companies charge higher premiums for customers with a history of violations or accidents. For instance, a single speeding ticket increases premiums by an average of 29% in Arizona. Checking your driving record can help you verify that the information is correct.
It’s also a good idea to see when a violation occurred, because insurance companies generally look at the past three to five years of your driving record. Once insurance companies stop taking the violation into account, you should compare quotes again to be sure you’re still getting the best rate on the coverage you need.
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