Being able to drive your vehicle in essential to commute to work, bring your children to school, or carry out any of a number of important everyday activities in South Carolina. This is why losing your driving privileges can be incredibly disruptive to your life. Yet if you acquire too many points on your license, it can happen. When a driver is convicted of violating traffic law, the state government imposes points on the driving record of the driver.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles explains that points result from specific traffic violations. When a person is convicted of breaking traffic law, the state DMV is notified. The conviction is noted on the record of the driver and points are assigned according to the law violated. Points are assigned if you break traffic law in South Carolina or in another state. You can also be given points for a traffic conviction from a military court martial.

Accumulating points can be alarming, as too many points will result in a loss of driving privileges. However, license points do not stay on your record forever. After a year has passed from the date of the traffic violation, the number of points on your record is reduced in half. Assuming you are not convicted of another traffic violation, it is possible for your record to eventually be cleared of all points.

Some drivers want to have their records cleared more quickly. It is possible to have your points reduced by taking the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course or a legitimate equivalent. You must take this course in the state of South Carolina. It must last for eight hours in a classroom and it cannot be conducted online. Additionally, you can only use this course to reduce points a single time in a period of three years.

The danger of losing driving privileges makes it important to keep a driving record free of as many points as possible. With the help of an attorney, you can contest a traffic violation, and if successful in court, prevent points from being added to your record. This article is only written for educational purposes and does not offer you legal advice.