How to Check Points on a Driver's License

Updated March 23, 2017

Most states in the United States use a point system attached to your driver's license. The point system begins when a new driver receives a license or permit. Each state determines how many points are given to new drivers based on age. Different items can affect the number of points on your license, such as tickets, accidents or no car insurance. When points are subtracted from your license, it can take many years before the full amount of points is added back. If too many points are subtracted, your license is revoked. It is important to check how many points are on your license, especially if you have been involved in an accident or traffic infraction.

Find the department in your state that handles driver's licenses. Use an online search engine and enter "Drivers License" and your state in the search box. Click on the appropriate website link for your state. Scan the website to verify that it is the official website (the website should mention the state department such as Department of Transportation or Department of Revenue).

Search the site for a link to check your driver's license points. Look under "Frequently asked questions" if there is not a direct link or type in "Driver's License Points" in the search box to locate an online article with this information.

Order your driving record report online if possible. Some states allow you to check your license online while others require you to appear in person or request by mail. Pay any fee associated with obtaining the report.

Look in the phone book under state government pages, if you do not have access to a computer. Find the location and phone number closest to where you live. Call the driver's license location and ask how you verify the number of points on your license.

Go to the driver's license location nearest you, if you cannot reach the department by phone or if you have to appear in person to receive the information. Bring your driver's license and any other required identification, such as Social Security number or verification of residency. Inquire at the information desk, so you do not have to wait in an unnecessary line. Pay the cost of the report.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's license
  • Computer
  • Phone book
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About the Author

Anne Reynolds is a writer who has worked for the U.S. government, the public school system and as a public library specialist. She began writing in 1990 and has contributed articles to various online publications.