DEMERIT POINTS ON YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE

DEMERIT POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE

The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a little like Saint Peter at Heaven’s Gate and Saint Nick a few days before Christmas.  The DMV keeps a list of all your driving sins, and routinely checks it more than twice.

If you are convicted of a driving infraction or violation, the DMV will assess and assign you demerit points. If you receive a certain number of demerit points within a certain amount of time, the DMV may suspend your New Hampshire Driver’s license for sometime.

Demerit points are calculated based on the violation date and not your conviction or court date.

DRIVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

  • 6 Points in One Calendar Year = Up to 3 Months Suspension
  • 12 Points in Two Calendar Years = Up to 6 Months Suspension
  • 18 Points in Three Calendar Years = Up to One Year Suspension

DRIVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 21

  • 9 Points in One Calendar Year = Up to 3 Months Suspension
  • 15 Points in Two Calendar Years = Up to 6 Months Suspension
  • 21 Points in Three Calendar Years = Up to One Year Suspension

DRIVERS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER

  • 12 Points in One Calendar Year = Up to 3 Months Suspension
  • 18 Points in Two Calendar Years = Up to 6 Months Suspension
  • 24 Points in Three Calendar Years = Up to 1 Year Suspension

ONE DEMERIT POINT FOR A CONVICTION

  • Operating Without Your Registration;
  • Failure to Obey Inspection requirements;
  • Failure to Obtain a NH Driver’s License;

TWO DEMERIT POINTS FOR A CONVICTION

  • Unregistered vehicle;
  • Allowing an Improper Person to Operate a Vehicle;
  • Failure to Produce a License when requested by a Police
  • Allowing an Improper Person to Drive a Commercial Vehicle;
  • Operating Without a Motorcycle License;
  • Littering

THREE DEMERIT POINTS FOR A CONVICTION OF VIOLATING

FOUR DEMERIT POINTS FOR A CONVICTION OF VIOLATING

  • Failing to Drive on the Right-Hand Side of the Road;
  • Improper Passing;
  • Yellow Line Violation;
  • Speeding 25 MPH or more above the Posted Speed Limit;
  • Negligent Driving;
  • Operating Without Giving Proof of Financial Responsibility;

SIX DEMERIT POINTS FOR A CONVICTION OF VIOLATING

  • False Report of a Theft;
  • Driving After Suspension;
  • Forged Inspection Sticker;
  • School Bus Violation;
  • Odometer Tampering;
  • Conduct After an Accident;
  • Racing;
  • Reckless Operation ;
  • DUI;
  • Vehicular Assault.