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How do points impact your license in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

As an Illinois motorist, the state allows you to have a certain number of points on your license before it may undergo suspension or revocation. While some offenses result in an automatic, immediate suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, others add up over time. The number of points you may have in Illinois before you lose your driving privileges varies alongside your age. The severity of the traffic offenses on your driving record also help determine whether the state revokes or suspends your license.

According to CyberDriveIllinois.com, there are different suspension and revocation rules for Illinois motorists who are over and under 21.

Drivers over 21

You may have your driver’s license suspended or revoked if you receive three traffic violations within a one-year period. A loss or suspension of your license following three violations in a year is not automatic, though. Ultimately, whether you lose your license depends on the severity of the violations received within that span.

Drivers under 21

Regulations are a bit tighter if you have not yet reached 21 years of age. If you are under 21, you may lose your license or driving privileges after receiving two traffic violations within a 24-month period. Again, though, the severity of the violations received during that time plays a determining role in whether you may continue to drive.

Illinois does not currently have a program in place that allows you to reduce points on your record. Most Illinois violations remain in your driving history for between four and five years.