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Traffic and License Points

I’d say driver’s license points is one of the things I’m asked most often about. In 2009, the legislature enacted a new statute which perfectly spells out how the Department of Revenue and Motor Vehicles is to assess points. RSMo 302.302 proves in pertinent part:

(1) Any moving violation of a state law or county or municipal or federal traffic ordinance or regulation not listed in this section, other than a violation of vehicle equipment provisions or a court-ordered supervision as provided in section 302.303…… 2 points

(except any violation of municipal stop sign ordinance where no accident is involved…… 1 point)

(2) Speeding

In violation of a state law…… 3 points

In violation of a county or municipal ordinance…… 2 points

(3) Leaving the scene of an accident in violation of section 577.060…… 12 points

In violation of any county or municipal ordinance…… 6 points

(4) Careless and imprudent driving in violation of subsection 4 of section 304.016…… 4 points

In violation of a county or municipal ordinance….. 2 points

(5) Operating without a valid license in violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection 1 of section 302.020:

(a) For the first conviction….. 2 points

(b) For the second conviction….. 4 points

(c) For the third conviction…… 6 points

(6) Operating with a suspended or revoked license prior to restoration of operating privileges…… 12 points

(7) Obtaining a license by misrepresentation…… 12 points

(8) For the first conviction of driving while in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of controlled substances or drugs…… 8 points

(9) For the second or subsequent conviction of any of the following offenses however combined: driving while in an intoxicated condition, driving under the influence of controlled substances or drugs or driving with a blood alcohol content of eight-hundredths of one percent or more by weight…… 12 points

(10) For the first conviction for driving with blood alcohol content eight-hundredths of one percent or more by weight

In violation of state law…… 8 points

In violation of a county or municipal ordinance or federal law or regulation…… 8 points

(11) Any felony involving the use of a motor vehicle…… 12 points

(12) Knowingly permitting unlicensed operator to operate a motor vehicle ……4 points

(13) For a conviction for failure to maintain financial responsibility pursuant to county or municipal ordinance or pursuant to section 303.025……

4 points

Also worth adding to this is that the points only directly impact the status of your license. Car insurance can go up astronomically once the points start piling up. See my previous post: Missouri Traffic Violations and the License Point System for some more general information.

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