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Driver Responsibility Program
Explaining Points & Surcharges
The following information explains a system of points related to traffic convictions that cause surcharges to apply to individuals when reapplying for a driver's license. These points and surcharges apply to convictions that become final after September 1, 2003.

The Department of Public Safety will give notification at your last known address of a surcharge and will specify the date by which the surcharge must be paid. Failure to pay the amount assessed or enter into an installment payment agreement with the department within 30 days of notice will result in the automatic suspension of your driver's license. Such suspension will remain in effect until the surcharge and any related costs are paid.

Information On Points Assessed Against Your Drivers License

(See Chapter 708, Transportation Code, and Section 15.89, Title 37, TX Administrative Code)

Selected Traffic Violation Points Assessed
Speeding 10% or more over the speed limit 2 points
Speeding in a school zone 2 points

Moving Violation Not involving an Accident
Selected Traffic Violations
Points Assessed
State law violation 2 points
City ordinance violation (e.g., HOV) 0 points
Moving violation involving an accident 3 points
Safety belt Violation (Non CDL) 0 points
Driver’s license restriction or endorsement violation 2 points
Open container 2 points

Department of Safety Surcharges
Selected Traffic Violations
Points Assessed
Failure to establish financial responsibility $250 / year x 3 years
No valid driver’s license $100 / year x 3 years
Too many points
(6 points or more in 36 months)
$100 + $25
(for each point above 6)

Failure to pay the surcharge or failure to timely enter into an installment payment agreement will result in suspension of your driver’s license until you pay the surcharge and any related costs.

More Information
For more information, please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety's website.