By Erin Gerstenzang

In Georgia, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) maintains a points system for traffic violations. Certain traffic offenses are assigned a specific number of points. If a 21 + year old driver accumulates 15 or more points within a two-year period, their license may be suspended.

Here is a list of common traffic offenses and the number of points that are typically assigned for each offense:

  • Speeding: 2-5 points depending on the speed
  • Reckless driving: 4 points
  • Following too closely: 3 points
  • Improper passing: 3 points
  • Failure to obey traffic control device: 3 points
  • Failure to us turn signal: 2 points

It’s important to note that the number of points assigned for a particular offense may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Drivers are encouraged to consult with an attorney if they have questions or need legal advice.

Points Suspensions:  O.C.G.A. §40-5-57
15 or more points or more within a 24-month period will suspend the license of a non-commercial driver over the age of 21.  If you are under 21, your license is much more likely to be suspended upon conviction of one traffic offense.

Suspensions for drivers under the age of 21:
§3-3-23(a)(2)) Purchasing an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age (§40-5-57.1)
§3-3-23(a)(2) Attempt to purchase alcohol by an underage person (§40-5-63(e))
§3-3-23(a)(2) Possession of alcohol by a minor while operating a vehicle (§40-5-63(e))
§3-3-23(a)(3) Misrepresenting age for the purpose of illegally obtaining an alcoholic beverage (§40-5-57.1)
§3-3-23(a)(5) Misrepresenting identity or using false identification for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-397 Aggressive Driving (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-45(a)(1) Improper Passing on a hill or curve (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-163 Unlawful passing of a school bus (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-181 Exceeding the speed limit by 24 mph or more (§40-5-57.1)

Suspensions for drivers under the age of 18:
§40-5-57.1 Accumulation of four (4) or more points in any consecutive twelve (12) month period (§40-5-57.1)

If you suspect your driver’s license is suspended, you may contact the Department of Driver Services at (678) 413-8500 or (866) 754-3687 (outside Metro Atlanta) or visit the DDS website at .

Neither the Judge nor the prosecutor have an obligation to inform you of the exact license penalties you will incur when you plead guilty to a traffic offense.

There are numerous ways to avoid a point suspension on your record.  Before you go to court, call a traffic ticket lawyer today to find out what kind of consequences you may be looking at and what you may be able to do to avoid a suspension.

Call 404-771-6675 to Schedule a Consultation With Erin

Under O.C.G.A. 40-6-181 the following points will be added to your record for the speeds listed below:

Speeding Points Schedule

O.C.G.A. 40-6-181

Points Schedule Table.001

Other Points Schedule

The following traffic violations may result in 1 point being assessed against your Georgia driver’s license

  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.1 Violation of Usage of Wireless Telecommunications Device
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2 Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging

The following traffic violations may result in 2 points being assessed against your Georgia driver’s license

  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-248.1 Unsecured Load Resulting in Accident
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-253 Open Container
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-254 Unsecured Load Resulting in Accident

The following traffic violations may result in 3 points being assessed against your Georgia driver’s license

  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-2 Failure to Obey Person Directing Traffic
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-6 Emergency Vehicle Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-11 No Proof of Insurance-Motorcycle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-14 Limits on Sound Volume
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-16 “Move Over” Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-17 Use of Traffic-Control Device Preemption Emitter (while operating a motor vehicle)
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-20 Disregard of Traffic Control Device or Signal
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-21 Failure to Obey Traffic Signal or Light
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-23 Failure to Obey Flashing Signal
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-24 Lane Direction Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-26(a) Tampering with Traffic Signs or Signals (while operating vehicle)
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-26(b) Operating Vehicle on Closed Roadway
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-27 Tampering with Pavement Markers (while operating vehicle)
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-40 Improper Lane Usage
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-41 Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-42 Improper Passing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-43 Improper Passing on the Right
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-44 Improper Passing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-46 Passing in a No Passing Zone
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-47(b) Wrong Way on One-Way Road
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-47(c) Rotary Traffic Island Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-48 Failure to Maintain Lane
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-49 Following Too Closely
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-50 Driving Within Gore or Improper Entry to Controlled Access Highway
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-51 Improper Use of Controlled-Access Road
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-52 Truck Lane Usage Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-53 Bus or Motorcoach Lane Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-55 Failure to Yield to Bicycle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-56 Failure to Maintain Safe Distance from Bicycle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-70 Failure to Yield at Intersection
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-71 Failure to Yield when Turning Left
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-72 Stop/Yield Sign Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-73 Failure to Yield when Crossing or Entering Road
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-74 Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-75 Failure to Yield to Construction Vehicle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-76 Failure to Yield to Funeral Procession
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-91 Failure to Yield to Pedestrian
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-93 Failure to Exercise Due Care Near Pedestrian
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-94 Failure to Yield to Blind Pedestrian
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-98 Driving Through Safety Zone
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-120 Improper Turning
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-121 Improper U-Turn
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-122 Improper Starting
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-123 Failure to Signal Turn
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-124 Improper Use of Signal
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-125 Improper Use of Hand Signal
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-126 Improper Use of Turn Lane
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-140 Railroad Grade Crossing Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-141 Disregard of Stop Sign at Railroad Grade Crossing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-142 Failure to Stop at Railroad Grade Crossing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-143 Improper Movement of Heavy Equipment at Railroad Grade Crossing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-144 Improper Emerging from Alley, Driveway or Building
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-160 School Bus Speeding Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-161 School Bus Headlight or Communication Device Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-162 School Bus Signal Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-164 School Bus Disembarking Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-165 School Bus Operation Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-184 Impeding the Flow of Traffic
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-205 Obstructing an Intersection
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-240 Improper Backing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-241 Failure to Exercise Due Care
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-242 Driving with Obstructed View
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-244 Allowing Passenger in House Trailer
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-245 Improper Mountain/Canyon Driving
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-246 Coasting
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-247 Improper Following of Emergency Vehicle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-248 Crossing Fire Hose
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-248.1 Unsecured Load Resulting in Accident
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-250 Wearing Device Impairing Vision or Hearing
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-251 Laying Drags
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-252 Cruising
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-253.1 Improper Transportation of Infectious Substance
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-254 Unsecured Load Resulting in Accident
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-271 Violation of Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-272 Violation of Duty Upon Striking Fixed Object
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-273 Failure to Report Accident
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-275 Failure to Remove Vehicle From Roadway
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-311 Improper Operation of Motorcycle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-312 Motorcycle Lane Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-312(e) Operation of Motorcycle Without Head/Tail Light
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-313 Clinging to Vehicle While on Motorcycle
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-314 Motorcycle Equipment Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-315 Motorcycle Protective Gear Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-326 Operating Personal Assistive Mobility Device While Intoxicated
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-352 Moped Headgear Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-361 Low Speed Vehicle Lane Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-362 Low Speed Vehicle Roadway Violation
  • O.C.G.A. 40-6-393.1(c) Feticide by Vehicle-2nd Degree

The following traffic violations may result in 4 points being assessed against your Georgia driver’s license

The following traffic violations may result in 6 points being assessed against your Georgia driver’s license

The following is a list of offenses for which the DDS will suspend a license or driving privileges, upon being informed of a conviction by a court:

§40-6-393 Homicide by Vehicle (1st and 2nd Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-270 Hit-and-run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
$40-6-394 Serious Injury by Vehicle (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
$40-6-393.1 Feticide by Vehicle (1st Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-5-120 Fraudulent or Fictitious Use of or application for a license or ID card (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-5-125 Fraudulent or Fictitious Use of or application for a license or ID card (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-15 Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, cancelled, or suspended registration (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-186 Racing on Highways or Streets (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-395 Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer (§§40-5-54,
§40-6-391 Driving under the Influence/DUI – Child Endangerment (§40-5-63)
§40-6-255 Failure to Pay for Gasoline (§40-5-57.2)
§40-6-10 No Insurance/Failure to Show Proof of Insurance (§40-5-70)
§40-5-121 Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (§40-5-121)
§32-6-30 Refusal to Weigh (§32-6-30)
§40-5-30 Violation of License Restriction (not mandatory, at the discretion of the court)

  • Any violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated) (§40-5-75)
  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • Any felony forgery conviction if related to an identification document (§40-5-54)
  • Accumulation of fifteen (15) or more points in any consecutive 24 month period (§40-5-57)

To order a copy of your driving record follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) website: The website is located at
  2. Click on the “Driver Services” tab: This tab is located at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the “Order Your Driving Record” link: This link is located under the “Driver Services” tab.
  4. Select the type of driving record you want: There are two options available: a 3-year driving record and a 5-year driving record.
  5. Provide your personal information: Drivers will need to provide their name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and mailing address.
  6. Pay the fee: There is a fee for obtaining a copy of your driving record. The fee can be paid online using a credit card.
  7. Wait for your driving record to arrive: It may take a few days for the driving record to arrive in the mail.

It’s important to note that the driving record will only show information about the driver’s history in Georgia. If the driver has a history of traffic offenses or accidents in other states, this information may not be reflected on the driving record.