Driver License Point System

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Any License Holder: 

The following schedule is used to determine the length of a suspension period for any Alabama license holder:

  • 12-14 points in a 2-year period ­- 60 days
  • 15-17 points in a 2-year period ­- 90 days
  • 18-20 points in a 2-year period ­- 120 days
  • 21-23 points in a 2-year period ­- 180 days
  • 24 and above points in a 2-year period -­ 365 days

After a traffic conviction is 2 years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver's record.

Offense

Point Count

Speeding (1 to 25mph over speed limit) 2
Speeding (26 or more mph over speed limit) 5
Reckless driving or reckless endangerment involving operating a motor vehicle 6
Failure to yield right of way 5
Passing stopped school bus 5
Wrong side of the road/Illegal passing 4
Following too closely 3
Disregarding traffic control device (stop sign, traffic light, etc.) 3
All other moving violations 2
Inability to control vehicle 2
Improper lane 2
Drinking alcohol while operating a vehicle 2
Admin per se 6
Improper operation of motorcycle 2
Fail to obey construction/maintenance zone markers/flagman/police officer/restricted lane 3
Emergency vehicles 2
Fail to signal/use incorrect turn signal 2
Making improper turn 2
Coasting 2
Unsafe operation 2
Any conviction which resulted from a charge that involved the drinking of alcoholic beverages and the driving of a motor vehicle but did not require mandatory revocation of the driver license 6

 

Commercial Driver License (CDL) Disqualification:

Serious offenses:

  • Excessive speed - 15 mph over posted speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper or erratic lane change
  • Following too closely
  • Any violation in connection with a fatal accident
  • Driving a CMV w/o obtaining a CDL
  • Driving a CMV w/o CDL in possession (may be dismissed if proof provided in court)
  • Driving a CMV w/o proper class and/or endorsements
  • Violating a State or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control restricting or prohibiting the use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV

2 serious offense convictions in a 3 year period - 60 day disqualification

3 serious offense convictions in a 3 year period - 120 day disqualification

Major offenses for CDL holders while in a CMV:

  • Being under influence of alcohol
  • Being under influence of controlled substance
  • Having concentration of .04 or greater while operating cmv
  • Refusing to take alcohol test
  • Leaving the scene of accident
  • Using CMV to commit felony
  • Driving CMV while cancelled/suspended/revoked/disqualified
  • Causing fatality through negligent operation of a CMV
  • Using CMV in the commission of felony/production of controlled substance

1st Conviction or refusal - 1 year disqualification, 3 years if transporting hazardous materials

2nd Conviction or refusal - Lifetime disqualification

Use of CMV in the commission of a felony - Lifetime disqualification

Railroad crossing disqualifications:

  • Driver not required to always stop:
    • But fails to slow down and check the tracks are clear
    • But fails to stop before reaching the crossing if the tracks are not clear
  • Driver always required to stop:
    • But fails to stop before driving onto the crossing
  • The driver:
    • Fails to have sufficient space to drive completely through the crossing w/o stopping
    • Fails to obey a traffic control device or the directions of an enforcement officer at the crossing
    • Fails to negotiate a crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance

1st Conviction - 60 day disqualification

2nd Conviction - 120 day disqualification

3rd and subsequent Conviction - 1 year disqualification

Violating out of service orders:

  • Violating a driver or vehicle out-of-service order while transporting nonhazardous materials
    • 1st Conviction - 180 day disqualification
    • 2nd Conviction - 2 year disqualification
    • 3rd and subsequent Conviction - 3 year disqualification
  • Violating a driver or vehicle out-of-service order while transporting hazardous materials requiring placards
    • 1st Conviction - 180 day disqualification
    • 2nd Conviction - 3 year disqualification
    • 3rd and subsequent Conviction - 3 year disqualification