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How to Reduce Points on a Driver's License

Driving is a privilege, not a right. When a driver accumulates enough points your license can be taken away. Reduce points on a driver's license before losing the freedom to drive. Some states give safe driving points for completion of defensive driving courses.

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  1. Receive safe driving points. Some states offer safe driving points for having driving without traffic violations in a calendar year. These points can be used to offset any demerit points.

  2. Fight demerit points against your driver's license. When receiving a demerit point for a traffic violation that feels unfair, take it to traffic court. For first time offenders the judge may be willing to reduce the points on your licensee or let you off with a warning.

  3. Participate in a defensive driving course. Classes are sometimes offered online and through taped sessions. In some states a defensive driving course may be mandatory when there's a large amount of points in a short amount of time.

  4. Follow traffic rules at all times. This is best way to eliminate new points against a driver. Demerit points remain on your record for several years. Be patient and obey traffic laws. Points are eventually removed when there's new violations.

  5. Work to reduce points on a driver's license while seeking employment. Employers can check a driver's record to determine reliability as a potential candidate. When your driving records indicates a large number of points, some companies consider it a liability and a sign of an irresponsible driver.

  6. Tip

    In many areas if the officer who issued the ticket does not show up to traffic court the case can be dismissed. However, the likelihood decreases if there are a significant number of points on your driver's license. Understand the rules of the road. Different states have different systems for calculating detriment points, check with your states DMV for the most accurate information.


    Failure to obey traffic laws can have devastating consequences. If you have a significant number of points on a driver's license, be aware that you are practicing unsafe driving habits.

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