Wisconsin's point system

If you are convicted of a moving-traffic violation, you will receive demerit points on your driving record.

  • The more demerit points you have, the more severe the penalties will be (see list below).
  • Persons with a Probationary driver license are assessed double demerit points for their second and subsequent convictions.
  • ​​Courts report all moving-traffic convictions to the DMV.​​

Suspension of driving privilege

When you accumulate 12 or more demerit points within a 12-month period, your driving privilege will be suspended. The type of driver license you have determines the requirements and timeframe of a suspension:

If you have a probationary driver license, instruction permit or have never been issued a license: 

  • 12-30 points assessed – 6 month suspension
  • More than 30 points assessed – 1 year suspension

If you have a regular driver license including a commercial driver license (CDL):

  • 12-16 points assessed – 2 month suspension
  • 17-22 points assessed – 4 month suspension
  • 23-30 points assessed – 6 month suspension
  • More than 30 points assessed – 1 year suspension

Occupational driver license

Under some circumstances you may be eligible for an Occupational driver license.

Point reduction

  • You may reduce your point total by three points for attending an approved traffic safety course​.
    • ​Only one reduction is allowed in a three-year period

Points assessed for convictions

You can obtain a complete listing of moving-​traffic violations and the points assessed by downloading either of the following two publications:

  • Driver Licensing Abbreviation Codes with Charge and Points​ BDS108
  • Driver Licensing Conviction Charge Codes and Points with Statute Numbers BDS109

Chapter Trans 101, Wisconsin Administrative Code provides complete details on the Wisconsin Point System.​

List of frequently assessed point violations​

Points Regular convictions
6Attempting to elude an officer
6Failure to perform duty after accident
3Operating while revoked or suspended
6Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs
6Reckless driving or racing
6Speeding 20 mph or more over limit
6Violation of occupational license
4Deviating from traffic lane
4Driving on wrong side of highway or street
4Failure to yield right of way
4Failure to yield to emergency vehicle
4Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control
4Inattentive driving
4Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing
4Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit
4Unnecessary acceleration
3Arterial or traffic control violation
3Driving wrong way on one way street
3Failure to dim lights
3Failure to give proper signal
3Following too closely
3Illegal passing
3Improper brakes or lights
3Operating with expired license or without any license
3Operating with multiple licenses
3Prohibited or illegal turn
3Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit
3Violation of restriction
2Obstructing traffic
2Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer
0License not in person's immediate possession
0No registration plate light
Points Commercial motor vehicle convictions
6Operating while disqualified
6Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 causing injury
6Commercial speeding in excess (20 or more mph over limit)
4Commercial speeding intermediate (15 through 19 mph over limit)
3Possession of intoxicating beverage while operating or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle
3Unlawful commercial motor vehicle license or endorsement
0Operating a commercial motor vehicle or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle while having any measured alcohol concentration above 0.0 but less than 0.04 or within 4 hours of having consumed or having been under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, regardless of alcohol content
0Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 and not causing injury
Points Motorcycle convictions
3Headlights not lit (daylight hours 0 points)
3No cycle license
2Defective or repaired handlebars
2More than 2 riders (operator)
2No eye protection (operator)
0No protective headgear​

Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812