Municipal Court

DMV Point System

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has established the following guidelines;

Violation

Points

Reckless Driving 6 points
Passing Stopped School Bus 6 points
Hit & Run, property damages only 6 points
Driving Too Fast for Conditions or Speeding less than 10mph 2 points
Driving 10-25 mph over the posted speed limit 4 points
Driving 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit 6 points
Disobedience of any traffic control device 4 points
Disobedience to officer directing traffic 4 points
Failure to Yield Right of Way 4 points
Driving on Wrong side of road 4 points
Passing Unlawfully 4 points
Turning Unlawfully 4 points
Driving through or within a safety zone 4 points
Failing to give signal or giving improper signal for stopping,turning  4 points
Shifting lanes without safety precaution 2 points
Improper dangerous parking 2 points
Following too closely 4 points
Failing to dim lights 2 points
Operating with improper lights 2 points
Operating with improper brakes 4 points
Operating a vehicle in unsafe conditions 2 points
Driving in improper lane 2 points
Improper backing 2 points

License Suspension

When your point total reaches more than 12, your driver's license will be automatically suspended.  The state requires you to surrender your license to the DMV within a certain time period, or you will face hefty fines and possibly jail time.

The length of time your license will be suspended depends on the number of points you've accumulated:
  • 12 to 15 points:  suspended for three months
  • 16 or 17 points:  suspended for four months
  • 18 or 19 points:  suspended for five months
  • 20 or more points:  suspended for six months

If your license has been suspended, you must wait the mandatory time given, then you can apply to have your license reinstated.  Refer to the Department of Motor Vehicles website, Suspended License section for information about license suspensions and reinstatements.  (www.scdmvonline.com)