West Virginia 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 West Virginia, drivers accumulate two points for minor violations like tailgating. For major violations, like fleeing from an officer, drivers will get eight points.
Driver’s License Points Per Violation in West Virginia
Number of Points Assigned
Driving without a license
Improper turning or backing
More than three persons in front seat
Wrong way on one-way street
Failure to yield right-of-way
Failure to obey traffic signal
Speeding 11-14 miles per hour over limit
Speeding 15-19 miles per hour over limit
Speeding more than 20 miles per hour over limit
Hit and run
Speeding in a school zone
Fleeing from an officer
Other Key Things to Know About Points in West Virginia
If you are convicted of a moving violation in another state, points for that violation will be added to your driving record in West Virginia.
Driver’s license points in West Virginia expire after 24 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.
Points stay on your license for 24 months in West Virginia. After they expire, license points will no longer affect your driving privileges, so it’s worth keeping track of how much longer your points will last.
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 West Virginia, speeding 11-14 miles per hour over the limit will result in three points.… read full answer
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 West Virginia, 12 points in 24 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 West Virginia by taking an approved driving course. West Virginia allows drivers who fit certain eligibility requirements to complete a driving course in order to remove three points from your license. You can even take an approved course prior to a 30 day suspension in order to have the suspension rescinded. Driving courses that reduce your license points might also be called traffic school or … read full answerdefensive driving classes.
West Virginia Point-Reduction Course Eligibility Requirements
Course can only be taken once every 12 months
Driver must have points assessed on their record in order for the points to be removed
Online courses cannot be used for points reduction
Car insurance companies generally check your driving record to determine your risk as a customer. However, your premium has more to do with the violations on your record than the exact number of points on your license. As a result, you can keep your premium from increasing if you take a driving course that prevents a moving violation from going on your record.
Some insurers also give discounts for completing an approved defensive driving class even if it does not affect your license points or driving record. For more information, check out WalletHub’s guide to traffic school.
You can check your driving record in West Virginia by going to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website and requesting a copy of your driving record. It costs $7.50 if you provide the driver's license number or $8.50 otherwise to purchase a copy of your West Virginia driving record online, and you will need to provide your full name, date of birth, driver's license number 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 20% in West Virginia. 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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