When you are convicted of a traffic violation, the court notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

 DMV does the following:

·         Posts the conviction to your driving record

·         Assigns demerit points to you according to the severity of the offense

·         Assesses unsafe driving fees ordered by the court

·         Issues an order of suspension, if applicable

·   Issues an order requiring the successful completion of a driver improvement clinic, if applicable

·         Notifies your insurance company upon request

The length of time that a conviction stays on your record depends on the severity of the violation. If you receive an order or notice of revocation, suspension, disqualification or cancellation, your convictions could remain on your record even longer than specified.

Your insurance company may also assign points on your insurance record; however, DMV demerit points are not related to insurance company points. Insurance company points are developed by individual companies.

  Virginia DMV Demerit Point System


 Reckless Driving (Felony or Misdemeanor)

·         Reckless driving—speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—racing (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—passing a school bus (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—driving too fast for conditions (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—failing to give a proper signal (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—on parking lots, etc. (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—with an obstructed view (11 years)

·         Reckless driving—generally (11 years)

  Other Violations

·         Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)

·         Injuring person while racing—felony (11 years)

·         Causing death of a person while racing (11 years)

·         Failure to stop at the scene of a crash—injury (11 years)

·         Failure to stop at the scene of a crash—death (11 years)

·         Failure to stop at the scene of a crash—property damage of $1,000 or more (11 years)

·         Emergency vehicle violation—death (11 years)

·         Vehicular assault or willful stopping, impeding or damaging vehicle (11 years)

·         Attempting to elude police-felony (11 years)

·         Attempting to elude police-misdemeanor (3 years)

·         Passing stopped school bus (non-reckless) (3 years)

·         Operating unsafe vehicle (3 years)