Points are assessed after you have been convicted
of a moving violation. The conviction may occur in either District Court
or Circuit Court
. For details about the number of points that are assessed for each type of violation, you may want to review both Maryland's laws
(Maryland Annotated Code) and regulations (COMAR
-Code of Maryland Regulations).
Can points be assessed against my Maryland driver record if I am convicted of a vehicle-related violation in another state?
Yes. If you are convicted of a vehicle-related offense in a jurisdiction outside of Maryland, the MVA may assess points. The Driver License Compact, to which Maryland is a signatory, guides the MVA's actions. The types of out-of-state violations for which points may be assessed in Maryland include:
- Alcohol or drug related offenses;
- Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident*;
- Homicide or manslaughter involving a vehicle;
- Use of a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.
The point values identified in Maryland law for similar offenses determine the number of points that you will be assessed. For information about the Driver License Compact, see Maryland Law or the website of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).
What actions will the MVA take if I have accumulated a lot of points?
The MVA may take different actions depending upon the number of points you've accumulated during the previous 2 years. Your driver record is reviewed for accumulated points each time the MVA adds more points to your record. See Point Accumulation for details.
Note that if you obtain a copy of your driver record some time after the MVA takes an action such as suspending your license, the number of points showing on the record (referred to as "current" points) could be different than the number of points indicated on your suspension letter. This can happen because points may have been added or expunged after the letter was sent.
How long can my insurance company or employer see my points?
Points on your driver record are considered public information for 3 years from the violation date.
How long will points remain on my driver record?
Points remain on your driver record until they are officially expunged by the MVA. See Driver Record Expungement by Request for more information. However, after 2 years from the violation date, the points are no longer considered "current" points.
- There are no fees associated with the assessment of points.
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6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563
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