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Colorado Drivers License Points Allowed

How Many Points Allowed?

How Many Points Allowed

How Many Points Allowed — If a driver accumulates too many “points” assessed in a certain period of time by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for convictions of certain traffic violations, the driver’s license may be suspended for up to one year. This type of suspension is called a “Point Suspension.”

Driving Privileges

The amount of points you are allowed before the suspension of your driver’s license depends upon your age and whether you where driving as a chauffeur. Your driving privileges will be suspended for up to 1 year if your license is assessed the following amount or more of points in the listed amount of time, as follows:

Adult Drivers (21 Years or Older)
12 points in any 12 consecutive months
18 points in any 24 consecutive months
Read more about Adult Drivers
Minor Drivers (18 to 21 Years Old)
9 points in any 12 consecutive months
12 points in any 24 consecutive months
14 points during the lifetime of the license (age 18 to 21)
Read more about Minor Drivers
Minor Drivers (Under 18 Years Old)
6 points in any 12 consecutive months
7 points prior to the age of 18 years old
Read more about Minor Drivers
Chauffeur Drivers (Violations Must be During the Course of Employment)
(additional restrictions apply)
16 points in 1 year
24 points in 2 years
24 points in 2 years
Read more about Chauffeur Drivers

To Calculate Your Points …

When there is a conviction for a traffic violation, the court notifies DMV usually within a few days. The proper amount of points is then assessed to your driving record and they are considered to be “accumulated” on the date of occurrence of the violation. A Point Suspension will occur if there are too many points on the violation date.

For Example: Let’s say you get a ticket on January 1st, you go to court on February 1st, and after a continuance you finally plead guilty to the charge on March 1st. Here’s what happens: On about March 2nd, the court sends notice of the conviction to DMV, and the conviction is placed on your DMV record about 2-3 days later, with a recorded violation date of January 1st. DMV then looks backwards from the recorded date of violation (January 1st) to see if you have accumulated too many points within a certain time (1 year, 2 years, the lifetime of the license in the case of minors, or 4 years in the case of chauffeurs) prior to and including the violation date. If you have accumulated too many points within the relevant years, then DMV will suspend your license for up to 1 year.

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