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IDAHO'S VIOLATION POINT SYSTEM

Convictions
The Idaho Transportation Department's Driver Services Section receives records for moving violations that occur both in the state of Idaho and in other states plus Canada. Each minor moving violation receives a point system value from one to four points, depending on the seriousness of the violation. Convictions and points assessed are entered on each driver's record and points are maintained for three (3) years after the conviction date.

Warning Letters
As a courtesy, drivers will be notified by a warning letter when they accumulate eight (8) to eleven (11) points in a twelve-month period, fourteen (14) to seventeen (17) points in a twenty-four month period, and twenty (20) to twenty-three (23) points in a thirty-six month period. When drivers accumulate this many points, they risk a driver's license suspension.

Defensive Driving Course
Once every three (3) years, drivers may reduce their point total by three points if they complete an approved defensive driving course. The course must be taken before a suspension for accumulation of points takes place. A point reduction can only be applied on an Idaho driver's license record.  A list of Defensive Driving Course providers may be found at DefensiveDriving.htm.

The following moving violations chart shows the section of Idaho Code that applies to each violation, and lists the assessment of points for each type of moving violation.

Code

Violation 

Points

49-603 

Starting parked Vehicle 

49-604 

Limitation on Backing 

49-615 

Drivers to Exercise Due Care 

49-616 

Driving Through Safety Zone Prohibited 

49-624
Duty Upon Approaching a Stationary Police Vehicle, or Emergency Vehicle Displaying Flashing Lights
3

49-625 

Operation of Vehicles on Approach of Authorized Emergency Police Vehicles 

49-630 

Drive on Right Side of Roadway - Exceptions 

49-631 

Passing Vehicles Proceeding in Opposite Directions 

49-632 

Overtaking a Vehicle on Left 

49-633 

When Passing on Right is Permitted 

49-634 

Limitations on Overtaking on the Left 

49-635 

Further Limitations on Driving on Left of Center of Highway 

49-636 

One-Way Highways 

49-637 

Driving on Highways Laned for Traffic 

49-638 

Following Too Closely 

49-640 

Vehicle Approaching or Entering Unmarked / Uncontrolled Intersection 

49-641 

Vehicle Turning Left 

49-642 

Vehicle Entering Highway 

49-644 

Required Position and Method of Turning 

49-645 

Limitations on Turning Around 

49-648 

Obedience to Signal Indicating Approach of Train 

49-649 

Compliance with Stopping Requirements at all Railroad Grades 

49-650
Failure to Allow Sufficient Undercarriage at Railroad Grade Crossing
3

49-651 

Emerging from Alley, Driveway, or Building 

49-654 

Basic Rule and Maximum Speed Limits* 

3-4 

49-655 

Minimum Speed Regulation 

49-656 

Special Speed Limitations* 

3-4 

49-657 

Construction Danger Zone Speed Limits 

49-658
School Zone Speed Limit
3

49-702

Pedestrian's Right-of-Way in Crosswalk

3

49-801 

Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices 

49-802 

Traffic Control Signal Legend 

49-804 

Flashing Signals 

49-807(2) 

Stop Signs 

49-807(3) 

Failure to Yield-Signed Intersection 

49-808 

Turning Movement and Required Signals 

49-1302 

Duty to Give Information in Accident involving Damage to a Vehicle 

49-1303 

Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle 

49-1304 

Duty upon Striking Fixtures Upon, or Adjacent to, a Highway 

49-1401(3) 

Inattentive Driving 

49-1401A
Texting While Driving
Exempt

49-1419 

Obedience to Traffic Direction 

49-1421(1) 

Driving on Divided Highways 

49-1421(2) 

Restricted Access 

49-1422 

Overtaking and Passing School Bus 

49-1424 

Racing on Public Highways 

49-1424 

Exhibition of Speed 

49-1424 

Excessive Acceleration 

*1 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit = 3 points. 16 or more miles per hour over the speed limit = 4 points.

Under the point system, the department may take the following actions against you:

NUMBER OF POINTS

PENALTY

12 to 17 (in any 12 months) 

30-Day Suspension 

18 to 23 (in any 24 months) 

90-Day Suspension 

24 or more (in any 36 months) 

6-Month Suspension 

Reasons for Suspension of Driving Privileges
Judges and the Idaho Transportation Department are authorized under state statute to suspend, disqualify, deny, cancel, refuse, or revoke the license of drivers convicted of breaking certain laws, no matter what the driver's point-system count. Those violations include:
* Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
* Using a motor vehicle to commit a felony.
* Leaving the scene of an accident in which you were involved, when the accident caused property damage.
* Making false statements, oral or written, to the Transportation Department while under oath.
* Reckless driving.
* Conviction or action in another state for an offense that, if committed in Idaho, would be grounds for suspension.
* Driving with a suspended license (driving without privileges).
* Failing to pay a judgment for damages in an accident.
* Administrative license suspension (effective 1-1-98, suspension for failing a breath, blood, or urine test when tested for DUI).
* Refusal to Submit to an evidentiary test for DUI.
* Failing to pay a fine for conviction on an "infraction" charge. (Infractions are a step below misdemeanors and include such minor violations as seat belt tickets.)
* Fleeing from or eluding a peace officer.
* Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.
* Unlawful use of a driver's license or identification card.
* Failure to carry motor vehicle insurance.
* Alcohol-age violation (possession, use, or procurement).
* Violation of restriction.
* Underage possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia.
* School districts may order the Idaho Transportation Department to suspend the driver's license and privileges of a minor who fails to attend school or does not comply with school requirements.
* Any court or the Department of Health and Welfare may order the Idaho Transportation Department to suspend the driver license and privileges of any person who fails to pay child support, fails to comply with visitation rights, or fails to comply with a subpoena for a paternity suit or child support proceeding.

Restricted Driving Permits (Non-Commercial)
If your Idaho license is suspended by the department, you may qualify for a restricted permit allowing you to drive to and from work, medical treatments, etc. You may apply for a restricted permit through the Transportation Department in Boise. If you are suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without privileges, or any other court suspensions, you must apply to the court in which you were convicted. Exception: If you are a licensed Idaho driver and are convicted in an out-of-state court, you must apply to the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise. A restricted driving permit issued by the Department or the court does not allow for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation.

Restricted Permit Requirements:
* If you need a restricted permit to drive to work or on the job, you will be required to complete a work verification form that you will be provided with upon determination of your eligibility. This form identifies your occupation; days and hours you must drive; counties and states in which you must drive; reasons you must drive; and availability of public transportation.
* If you need to drive for medical reasons, upon determination of your eligibility you will need to submit a letter from your doctor describing your need for treatment.
* Everyone must provide a valid certificate of liability insurance or file financial responsibility (SR22 certificate) if required.
* Pay all applicable reinstatement fees.
* The fee is $60.00.

Getting Your License Back
When your suspension or revocation ends, you may get your license back by applying to the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise and paying a reinstatement fee of $25.00 to $285.00 depending on the nature of the suspension. If your license was suspended for certain serious offenses, e.g. reckless driving or driving under the influence, you must also provide proof for three years that you are able to meet financial obligations arising from any accident. The usual method of proof is a certified statement of liability insurance coverage from your insurer (an SR-22 certificate). For information on other options, contact the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise at (208) 334-8736.

Driver's License Compact
Idaho has been a member of the Driver License Compact since March 19, 1963. Membership is a major step necessary to maximize law enforcement efforts against drunk drivers and other serious traffic offenders. Serious offenses such as drunk driving, vehicle manslaughter, reckless driving, etc., are no less serious when committed in another jurisdiction than when committed in the driver's home state.

It is the policy of each member state to promote compliance with the laws, ordinances, and administrative actions regarding the operation of motor vehicles by drivers in states which are members of the compact.

Included in the compact are provisions which allow:

  • Member states to report actions on out-of-state drivers to their licensing state,
  • Home states to take the same action on violations reported to them by other member states as if the violation occurred in the home state, and
  • Authority to deny issuance of a driver's license if there is a suspension in another state.

Current Driver Compact Member States
 

Alabama 

Nebraska 

Alaska 

Nevada 

Arizona 

New Hampshire 

Arkansas 

New Jersey 

California 

New Mexico 

Colorado 

New York 

Connecticut 

North Carolina 

Delaware 

North Dakota 

Dist. of Columbia 

Ohio 

Florida 

Oklahoma 

Hawaii 

Oregon

Idaho 

Pennsylvania

Illinois 

Rhode Island 

Indiana 

South Carolina  

Iowa 

South Dakota

Kansas 

Texas

Louisiana 

Utah

Maine 

Vermont

Maryland 

Virginia

Minnesota 

Washington

Mississippi 

West Virginia 

Missouri 

Wyoming

Montana 




Non-Resident Violator Compact
The 1991 Idaho Legislature authorized Idaho's entry into the 1977 interstate Non-Resident Violator Compact as of July 1, 1992. Idaho is the 42nd state to become a member of the NRVC, effective 10-14-92. The compact is an agreement among member states which simplifies the processing of citations issued to out-of-state traffic offenders.

The law provides for the suspension of driver's licenses in the home states of traffic violators who fail to comply with the terms of their citations.

Some of the benefits of the Non-Resident Violator Compact are:

  • In many instances it allows non-resident motorists to be released on their own recognizance after the issuance of a citation,
  • It allows police officers to immediately resume their normal duties, and
  • In some cases it eliminates the need to appear in court.

License Suspension Procedures
If residents of NRVC member states fail to comply with the terms of their citations, their driving privileges may be suspended by their home state until the citation requirements have been met.

Not all offenses are covered under the NRVC. If the specific violation drivers are cited for does not come under the compact, and if they do not comply with the terms of their citations, they may still have their driving privileges suspended by the state of Idaho under Idaho's infraction law.

NOTE: If the driver's home state is not a member of the NRVC, his or her driving privileges may still be suspended for non-compliance by the state of Idaho under Idaho's infraction law.

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Current NRVC Compact Member States

Alabama 

Nebraska 

Arizona 

Nevada 

Arkansas 

New Hampshire 

Colorado 

New Jersey 

Connecticut 

New Mexico 

Delaware 

New York 

Dist. of Columbia 

North Carolina 

Florida 

North Dakota 

Georgia 

Ohio 

Hawaii 

Oklahoma 

Idaho 

Pennsylvania 

Illinois 

Rhode Island 

Indiana 

South Carolina 

Iowa 

South Dakota 

Kansas 

Tennessee 

Kentucky 

Texas 

Louisiana 

Utah 

Maine 

Vermont 

Maryland 

Virginia 

Massachusetts 

Washington 

Minnesota 

West Virginia 

Mississippi 

Wyoming 

Missouri 


For additional DMV information, contact Driver Services via e-mail at: driverrecords@itd.idaho.gov
Page Last Modified: 1/14/2014 4:21:52 PM

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