Enhanced Penalties

North Carolina Drivers License Points System

Traffic Violation Conviction POINT VALUE
Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children 5
Aggressive driving 5
Reckless driving 4
Hit and run, property damage only 4
Following too closely 4
Driving on wrong side of road 4
Illegal passing 4
Failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrian pursuant to GS 20-158(b)(2)b. 4
Failure to yield right-of-way to bicycle motor scooter, or motorcycle 4
Running through stop sign 3
Speeding more than 55 mph 3
Speeding through a school zone 3
Failure to yield right of way 3
Running through red light 3
Failure to stop for siren 3
Speeding through safety zone 3
Failure to report accident where such report is required 3
No liability insurance 3
All other moving violations 2
All other moving violations 1


Schedule of point values for conviction of violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle:

Conviction POINT VALUE
Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children 8
Rail-highway crossing violation 6
Careless and Reckless driving in violation of G.S. 20-140(f) 6
Speeding in violation of G. S. 20-141(j3) 6
Aggressive driving 6
Reckless driving 5
Hit and run, property damage only 5
Following too closely 5
Driving on wrong side of road 5
Illegal passing 5
Failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrian pursuant to GS 20-158(b)(2)b. 5
Failure to yield right-of-way to bicycle motor scooter, or motorcycle 5
Running through stop sign 4
Speeding more than 55 mph 4
Speeding through a school zone 4
Failure to yield right of way 4
No driver's license or license expired more than one year 4
Running through red light 4
Failure to stop for siren 4
Speeding through safety zone 4
Failure to report accident where such report is required 4
Possessing alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a commercial motor vehicle 3
All other moving violations 3
Littering involving a motor vehicle 1


No points shall be assessed for convictions of the following offenses:

  • Over loads
  • Over length
  • Over width
  • Over height
  • Illegal parking
  • Carrying concealed weapon
  • Improper plates
  • Improper registration
  • Improper muffler
  • Improper display of license plates or dealer's tags
  • Unlawful display of emblems and insignia
  • Failure to display current inspection certificate

Any person who commits an offense for which points may be assessed for violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle may be assessed double the amount of any fine or penalty authorized by statute.

Table of Insurance Points (North Carolina Insurance Points System)

12 Points

  • Manslaughter (or negligent homicide) resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle. (Felony)
  • Prearranged highway racing or knowingly lending a motor vehicle to be used in a prearranged race.(Felony)
  • Failure to stop and render aid when involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury or death (hit-and-run driving) (Felony)
  • Impaired driving, including driving a vehicle while under the influence of an impairing substance; driving a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more; and driving a commercial vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.04% or more (a revocation pursuant to G.S. ยค20-16.5 is not a conviction). (Misdemeanor)
  • Transportation of intoxicating liquors for the purpose of sale. (Misdemeanor)

10 Points

  • Highway racing (not prearranged) or knowingly lending a motor vehicle to be used in the race.
  • Speeding to Elude

8 Points

  • Operating a motor vehicle during a period of revocation or suspension of either the driver's license or vehicle registration. (Misdemeanor)

4 Points

  • Failure to stop and report when involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in property damage only (hit-and-run). (Misdemeanor)
  • Reckless driving. (Misdemeanor)
  • Passing a stopped school bus. Speeding in excess of 75 miles per hour (mph) when posted limit is less that 70 mph. (Misdemeanor)
  • Speeding in excess of 80 mph when limit is 70 mph or greater
  • Driving by a person under 21 after consuming alcohol or drugs

2 Points

  • Illegal passing
  • Speeding more than 10 mph over the limit, if total speed was in excess of 55 mph but less than 76 mph.
  • Speeding 10 miles or less in excess of limit in speed zone of 55 or greater*
  • Following too closely.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road.

1 Point

  • Speeding 10 mph or less in excess of a speed limit of less than 55 mph*
  • Any other moving violation.

Insurance Surcharge Table

Number Of Insurance Points INCREASE
1 25%
2 45%
3 65%
4 90%
5 120%
6 150%
7 180%
8 220%
9 260%
10 300%
11 350%
12 400%


For more information:
http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_services/drivershandbook/download/NCDL_English.pdf
N.C. DMV Driver's Handbook, starting on page P. 30 and following.

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