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How The Points System Works

The most common traffic violations are listed below along with the associated points given by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

1 POINT

  • Failure to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license

2 POINTS

  • Unregistered vehicle
  • Operation without a Motorcycle license

3 POINTS

  • Disobeying required traffic control device
  • Failing to obey stop and yield signs
  • Speeding – less that 25 MPH above the posted limit
  • Failure to signal turn
  • Following too closely

4 POINTS

  • Driving without a license contrary to RSA 263:1
  • Speeding – 25 MPH or more above posted limit
  • Improper passing
  • Yellow line violation

6 POINTS

  • Driving after revocation or suspension
  • Disobeying a police officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Racing
  • Driving under the influence of drugs/liquor

Depending on an operator’s age, his or her license can be suspended due to an accumulation of demerit points. Depending on your age, the following lists the amount of points you can accumulate per calendar year before your license is suspended by the DMV:

For drivers under 18 years old:

  • 6 points in one calendar year = 3-month suspension
  • 12 points in two calendar years = 6-month suspension
  • 18 points in three calendar years = 1-year suspension

For drivers 18 – 20 years old:

  • 9 points in one calendar year = 3-month suspension
  • 15 points in two calendar years = 6-month suspension
  • 21 points in three calendar years = 1-year suspension

For drivers 21 years old and older:

  • 12 points in one calendar year = 3-month suspension
  • 18 points in two calendar years = 6-month suspension
  • 24 points in three calendar years = 1-year suspension

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