About DMV Demerit “Point”

“Points” are assessed to your driving record by the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. In other words, the DMV. Each time you pay or plead guilty to a traffic ticket for a moving violation such as speeding or running a red light, the DMV “punishes” you by placing Demerit Points on your driving record. These points remain on your record for one year from the time they are placed on your record. Each type of infraction is assigned a specific amount of “points”. For example, failing to stop at a stop sign is a four point violation.

Having these “points” on your driving record can cause problems in many areas of your life. For instance, insurance companies often increase your premium rates based on the amount of points you have. Also, employers often request a driving history report during the application process and in some cases having “points” can preclude someone from getting the job. In addition, the DMV keeps track of your “points” and if you receive twelve or more “points” in any twelve month period they will suspend your driver’s license.

It is important to understand that these difficulties are IN ADDITION TO any fines, traffic school or other requirements which may be placed on you by the Courts. The Court which handles the prosecution of your traffic ticket and the DMV are completely separate. One has no control over the other.

We help you with both the DMV and the Court. This is done by negotiating your MOVING violation down to a NON-MOVING violation, such as a parking ticket. This “gets rid of” your points because the DMV is not concerned with NON-MOVING violations. Once your “speeding” ticket becomes a “parking ticket” the DMV does not find out about it because a parking ticket is a zero point violation and does not trigger DMV involvement.

Your best source for information on this subject is the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles itself. Their website has helpful information and forms for issues with your Driver’s License, Driving Record and Vehicle Registration. The link below will take you directly to their web site.

The DMV and its Demerit Point system can be confusing. If you have additional questions or want to know how all of this affects your specific case, please contact us. We are here to help and would like to discuss it with you.