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Arizona Drivers License Points & Penalties
Tucson, Arizona

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We want you to understand the Arizona Drivers License Points system. This way, you know your options and how to protect your driving record better.

If you’ve received a ticket and are worrying about how it impacts your record, here’s a guide to what to expect and how it all works. When you reach your points limit, whether it’s from one violation or many, it may be suspended.

Every time you are convicted or forfeited bail for a moving traffic violation, some points are assessed against your permanent driving record. And they have an incredible impact on your ability to drive and keep your license. For instance, if you get eight or more points within 12 months (one year), you will be required to go to Traffic Survival School (TSS). And your driving privilege has a high probability of being suspended.

What is suspension?

Suspension and/or Traffic School Suspension are the temporary removal of your license and your ability and privilege to drive. Once your license is suspended, it will remain suspended until you’ve completed all of the required traffic school or other items required by the state before you apply for reinstatement.

How does the Points system work?

Arizona Drivers License Points

Violation points are assessed as follows:


Extreme DUI 8

Reckless driving 8

Racing on highways 8

Aggressive driving 8

Aggravated DUI 8

Leaving the scene of an accident/crash 6

Failing to stop at a traffic signal, stop sign, or to yield the right-of-way causing death 6

Failing to stop at a traffic signal, stop sign, or to yield the right-of-way causing serious injury 4

Speeding 3

Driving over or parking in a gore area 3

Wrong-way driving 2

All other moving violations 2

The Motor Vehicles Department may decide to suspend or revoke your driving privileges or even require that you attend and complete an approved Traffic Survival School or TSS in certain situations.

Here are some times that the MVD may require you to complete TSS to retain or reacquire your license. If you are:

  • Convicted of running through a red light.
  • Convicted of numerous traffic violations.
  • Convicted of reckless driving or negligence.
  • Committed an unlawful or fraudulent use of your driver’s license.
  • Convicted of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or toxic vapors.
  • An unresolved judgment from another state.
  • Committed an offense that requires the revocation of your driving privileges.
  • Are under 21 and have been convicted of receiving, consuming, or possessing alcohol.
  • Are under 21 and have been convicted of any illegal drug violation.
  • Are medically unsafe to drive a motor vehicle.
  • Convicted of violating a driver’s license restriction.
  • Failed to comply with a certified Ignition Interlock Device order.
  • Are under 18 and have been convicted Arizona Driver License Manual and
  • Customer Service Guide 50 of your first moving civil traffic violation or certain criminal traffic offenses.
  • Convicted of wrong-way driving on a controlled-access highway.

Once your revocation period ends, you will be required to pay the appropriate application fee to reinstate your license. You may also be subject to an investigation and need to file an SR-22 Certificate of Insurance.

If you face a suspended license, be sure that you call the experienced attorneys at Moore Law Firm today! We have the expertise to guide you through the process every step of the way.

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