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6. California Licensing & Registration

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11. Actions Against Your License

There are various occurrences which can result in your driver license being delayed, suspended, revoked, or otherwise restricted or acted upon by the DMV. For example, a driver license may be revoked for violating special conditions that are placed on it, breaking certain laws, receiving too many traffic violations, and being involved in too many accidents.


The California Vehicle Code defines misdemeanors and felonies that can arise in connection with improper driving and vehicle ownership including:

  • parking citations
  • transfer of vehicles
  • equipment violations
  • violations of the rules of the road
  • improper licensing or certification.

  • The DMV keeps a public record of all your traffic convictions and accidents and assigns point counts to these occurrences. The purpose of the point count system is to alert drivers when they are in danger of being classified as a Negligent Operator of a motor vehicle.


    Each occurrence will stay on your record for 36 months to 10 years or longer depending on circumstances. Points are assigned in the following manner:

  • a traffic conviction for a minor driving infraction counts as one point
  • any even partially at fault accident is normally counted as one point
  • two points are charged against you if you are convicted of more serious traffic offenses (e.g., reckless driving, DUI, hit-and-run, evading law enforcement, driving while suspended or revoked, etc.).

  • You will be considered to be a Negligent Operator of a motor vehicle when your driving record shows any of the following point count totals, regardless of your license status:


  • 4 points in 12 months
  • 6 points in 24 months
  • 8 points in 36 months.

  • Being classified as a Negligent Operator may cause your license to be suspended. Further points assigned to your record may cause your license to be revoked.


    Provisional licensees have even stricter point count criteria . You will receive:

  • a warning letter for receiving 1 point on your record within 12 months
  • a 30-day restriction of your driving privilege to driving only when accompanied by a licensed adult 25 years of age or older for receiving 2 points on your record within 12 months
  • license suspension for 6 months and probation for 1 year for receiving 3 points in 12 months
  • license suspension for 1 year or more for receiving additional points while on probation

  • Any restriction, suspension, or probation will continue past your 18th birthday for its full term. Other even stronger actions can be taken if you continue to add points to your record.




    Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 6 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

    1. If you have trouble reading, even if in English, you may take an audio permit test:


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    2. You will be listed as a "Negligent Operator" if you get:


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    3. Which of the following is NOT on the permit test:


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    4. The "PROVISIONS" of your provisional license include the following, EXCEPT:


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    5. The best way to prepare for the drive test is to:


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