Colorado Driver's License Points - How many points do I have?
Colorado Driver's License Point System Overview
In Denver traffic law and the Colorado driver's license point system, there are a number of ways a driver can lose their driving privileges.
Under Colorado traffic law, everyone starts out with a clean driving record, however, if a driver accumulates too many points against their driving record, within a certain time period (please see below) their driver's license will be suspended.
Each time an individual is convicted of a traffic violation in Denver, the applicable county or municipal court will notify the Denver, Colorado Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division, and the specified number of points received will be posted on the individual's driving record. A conviction occurs when: a person pleads guilty, acknowledges guilt by paying a ticket, accepts a conviction as a result of a plea agreement, or in some circumstances, by default judgment due to the individual failing to appear in Court or pay the ticket.
Each type of conviction causes a certain number of points to be placed on a Denver traffic record. Generally, the more serious the violation the greater number of points associated with it.
Points assessed against a Denver traffic record are not erased when an individual obtains a new license or when the license is reinstated. Although older points may no longer have any significance in relation to a potential point suspension, they do not expire over time and will therefore remain on a Colorado driver's record.
How Many Points are on a Colorado Drivers License?
It is very common to wonder how many points are on your Colorado drivers license, but the correct question is: How many points will lead to a suspeded drivers license? The number of points accumulated within a designated time period that will cause a suspension of a Colorado driver's license, are as follows:
MINOR DRIVERS (UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE):
- 6 points in any 12 consecutive months
- 7 points during the period of the license
MINOR DRIVERS (AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 21):
- 9 points in any 12 consecutive months
- 12 points in any 24 consecutive months
- 14 points during the period of the license
ADULT DRIVERS (AGED 21+):
- 12 points in any 12 consecutive months
- 18 points in any 24 consecutive months
- 16 points in any 12 consecutive months
- 24 points in any 24 consecutive months
- 28 points in any 48 consecutive months
Colorado Driver's License Chauffeur Violations
It is important to remember that to be applicable, all chauffeur violations must have been received by a driver whilst they were using a motor vehicle that was in use as a public or common carrier (of people or property). If the driver did not receive all the points whilst they were operating a vehicle that was in use as a public or common carrier (of people or property), the point totals for an adult driver (non-chauffeur) will apply.
Legal disclaimer : The information contained in this website is not intended to be legal advice. The information on this website relating to Colorado traffic law is for general purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or relied upon for any legal situation. Because each case is different the information on this site will not cover all of the legal issues related to an individual case. The site is not routinely updated and so will not truly reflect the most current Colorado traffic law. For specific advice about your personal situation, please contact Ross or another experienced legal representative.
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by Ross Koplin
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