Points: If you have a Virginia license and
take the class voluntarily, you will get up to 5+ points after successfully
completing the class. If you have gone to Traffic Court and the judge
will either dismiss or lower the violation with which you were charged,
upon completion of the 8-hour Driving Improvement Class, you will not get +
points by taking the class, unless you bring with you a Court order
indicating that you are to get + points (DMV mandate effective June 1st
2007). Those sent by the City
of Alexandria District Court (by Court order)
can not even be reported to DMV of class completion.
Virginia DMV gives you 1 point for every year that you
have no convictions and/or at-fault accidents. The most you can
accumulate on the plus side is 5+ points.
If you have a District
of Columbia license, DC DMV will take a Virginia violation
and the points that attach to that violation, from your record, upon
successful completion of the Defensive Driving class. You can delete
one violation per year.
If you have a Maryland
license, you will not get any points, but if your violation was
committed in Virginia,
you might be able to get the violation dismissed. You must come to my class for details.
The points are given by DMV, not the
Court. Virginia has 3, 4, and 6 point violations and they remain on
your record for 2 years, after which time the points drop off, but you do
not get them back. The conviction itself, will stay on your
record for 3, 5, or 11 years, depending on the violation.
Insurance companies look at the
violations on your record, not the points, and they generally look to
see what you have, going back anywhere from 35 months to 5 years, depending
on their filing with the State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
in Richmond, Virginia.
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