Like many states, Illinois has a point system for driving violations. Motorists who receive points risk sanctions such as license suspension.

Review the point system used by the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles to understand what type of offenses will add points to your driving record.

Point-based violations

Illinois assigns points for certain traffic violations. Some of the most common tickets that carry points include:

  • Speeding: 5 points for 1 to 10 mph above the posted speed limit, 15 points for 11 to 14 mph above the limit, 20 points for 15 to 25 mph above the limit and 50 points for higher speeds
  • Improper turn: 10 points
  • Improper U-turn: 15 points
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian: 20 points
  • Speeding in a designated school zone: 20 points
  • Disregarding a traffic signal: 20 points
  • Improper passing: 20 points
  • Open container of alcohol: 25 points
  • Reckless driving: 55 points

Penalties for points

These penalties apply to drivers ages 21 and older:

  • 15 to 44 points: Two-month license suspension with no prior suspensions, four-month suspension with one prior and 12-month suspension with two priors
  • 45 to 74 points: Six-month suspension with no or one prior suspension and 12-month suspension with two priors
  • 75 to 89 points: Six-month suspension with no prior suspensions and 12-month suspension with one or more priors
  • 90 to 99 points: Nine-month suspension with no prior suspensions and 12-month suspension with one or more priors
  • 100 to 109 points: 12-month suspension

If you receive 110 or more points on your driving record, Illinois will permanently revoke your driving privileges.