Missouri Point System Basics

Missouri uses a point system to ensure unsafe drivers aren’t on the roads. Points for traffic tickets are laid out by statute, but here is a simple guide:

Points for Typical Traffic Violations

  • Speeding – City/County ticket = 2 points
  • Speeding – State (Highway Patrol) ticket = 3 points
  • Driving without proof of financial responsibility = 4 points
  • Moving violation involving an accident = add 2 points (if ordered by the judge)
  • Driving While Suspended = 12 points

Racking Up Too Many Points:  If you accumulate too many points, you will loose your license from 30 days to 1 year:

30, 60 or 90 Day Suspension:  If you accumulate 8 points in 18 months, you will be suspended for 30 days the first time you do so, the second time is a 60 day suspension and third or subsequent time is a 90 day suspension.

1 year Suspensions: if you accumulate 12 points in 12 months, 18 points in 24 months, or 24 points in 36 months, you will be suspended for one year.

How Many Points Do I Have?

The Missouri Department of Revenue can let you know how many “active” points you have.  You can find out by calling: (573) 526-2407.

Points Do Go Away!

Points fall off after a certain amount of time or are reduced upon reinstatement.  For example if you are suspended for accumulation of points, when you reinstate your license, your points return to 4 total.

For the first year you drive without any new points, your total points are reduced by one-third.  After two years of no new points, the total is reduced by half and after three years, qualifying points are reduced to zero.

Remember hiring a lawyer helps you avoid points in the first place.  If you have accumulated too many points, a lawyer can even help get old convictions off your record by filing a motion with the court within a certain amount of time.

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