Maryland Point System.  After you are convicted of a vehicle-related law violation in Maryland, the Maryland District Court notifies the MVA of the conviction. The MVA then applies the appropriate points to your driver record.  Other actions taken by the MVA in response to this notification depend upon the total number of points that you have accumulated during the two-year period prior to the violation:

  • 3 to 4 points - The MVA will send you a warning letter.
  • 5 to 7 points - The MVA will require you to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
  • 8 to 11 points - The MVA will send you a notice of suspension.
  • 12 or more points - The MVA will send you a notice of revocation.

Having points on your license could increase your insurance premiums. The number of points assessed is determined by the MVA, not by the District Court. Paying red light, speed monitoring, school bus monitoring, and electronic toll violation citations will not result in points and cannot be used to increase your insurance rates. 

ß 16-402. Assessment of points. (a summary)

(1) Any moving violation not listed below and not contributing to an accident                                1 point

(2) Following another vehicle too closely                                                                                           2 points

(3) Speeding in excess of the posted speed limit by 10 miles an hour or more                              2 points

(4) Driving with an improper class of license                                                                                      2 points

(5) Failing to stop for a school vehicle with activated alternately flashing red lights                      3 points

(6) Any violation of ß 21-1111 (putting glass, injurious substances, or refuse

on highway or bridge or in waters) of this article                                                                              2 points

(7) Passing an emergency or police vehicle under the provisions of ß

21-405(d) of this article                                                                                                                        2 points

(8) A violation of ß 21-511(a) (the right of way to blind or deaf pedestrians)

of this article                                                                                                                                       2 points

(9) Failure to stop a vehicle for a steady red traffic signal in violation of ß 21-202

of this article or a nonfunctioning traffic control  signal in violation of

ß 21-209 of this article                                                                                                                        2 points

(10) Operating a limousine in violation of ß 21-1127(a) of this article                                              2 points

(11) Use of a motor vehicle in violation of the Illegal Dumping and

Litter Control Law under ß 10-110(f)(2)(i) of the Criminal Law Article                                              2 points

(12) Use of a motor vehicle in violation of the Illegal Dumping and

Litter Control Law under ß 10-110(f)(2)(ii) of the Criminal Law Article                                             3 points

(13) Any moving violation contributing to an accident                                                                    3 points

(14) Any violation of ß 16-303(h) or (i) of this title                                                                             3 points

(15) Any violation, except violations committed on the John F. Kennedy

Memorial Highway, of ß 21-1411 of this article                                                                                 3 points

(16) Speeding in excess of the posted speed limit by 30 miles an hour or

more                                                                                                                                                  5 points

(17) Driving while not licensed                                                                                                         5 points

(18) Failure to report an accident                                                                                                    5 points

(19) Driving on a learner's permit unaccompanied                                                                        5 points

(20) Any violation of ß 17-107 of this article (driving on a suspended

registration and license for failure to have insurance)                                                                  5 points

(21) Participating in a race or speed contest on a highway                                                          5 points

(22) Any violation of ß 16-304 or ß 16-305 of this title                                                                  5 points

(23) Any violation of ß 22-404.5 (power booster system – devise

installed which allows nitrous oxide to combine with gasoline for

the purpose of increasing engine power) of this article                                                              5 points

(24) Speeding in excess of a posted speed limit of 65 miles an hour by

20 miles an hour or more                                                                                                               5 points

(25) Aggressive driving in violation of ß 21-901.2 of this article                                                  5 points

(26) Use of a motor vehicle in violation of the Illegal Dumping and

Litter Control Law under ß 10-110(f)(2)(iii) of the Criminal Law Article                                         5 points

(27) Reckless driving                                                                                                                      6 points

(28) Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or driving within 12 hours

after arrest under ß 21-902.1 of this article                                                                                   8 points

(29) Turning off lights of a vehicle to avoid identification                                                           8 points

(30) Failing to stop after accident resulting in damage to attended

vehicle or property                                                                                                                        8 points

(31) Failing to stop after accident resulting in damage to unattended

vehicle or property                                                                                                                        8 points

(32) Any violation of ß 16-815 or ß 16-816 of this title

(driving vehicles not authorized by license or operating school vehicles)                               8 points

(33) Failing to stop after an accident resulting in bodily injury ordeath                                    12 points

(34) Any violation of ß 16-303 of this title (driving while privilege is cancelled,

suspended refused or revoked)                                                                                                   12 points

(35) Any violation of ß 16-301(unlawful application for use of license or permit),

ß 16-302 (duplication or reproduction of identification card or driver's license),

ß 16-804 (an individual who drives a commercial license may

not have more than one diver's license), or ß 16-808 (ineligible to drive

a commercial motor vehicle)                                                                                                       12 points

(36) Homicide, life threatening injury under ß 3-211 of the Criminal Law

Article, or assault committed by means of a vehicle                                                                12 points

(37) Driving while under the influence of alcohol, while under the

influence of alcohol per se, or while impaired by an illegally used controlled

dangerous substance                                                                                                                  12 points

(38) Any felony involving use of a vehicle                                                                                  12 points

(39) Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer                                                                  12 points

(40) The making of a false affidavit or statement under oath, or falsely

certifying to the truth of any fact or information to the Administration under

the Maryland Vehicle Law or under any law relating to the ownership or

operation of motor vehicles                                                                                                          12 points

(41) Any violation involving an unlawful taking or unauthorized use of a

motor vehicle under ß 7-105 or ß 7-203 of the Criminal Law Article, or ß

14-102 of this article                                                                                                                      12 points

(42) A violation of ß 21-1124.3 of this article (text messaging or

using cellphone that causes an accident that results in death

or serious bodily injury                                                                                                                 12 points