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Department of Public Safety Driver Responsibility Program


Points and Surcharges

The Driver Responsibility Program establishes a system that assesses a surcharge based on certain traffic offenses committed on or after September 1, 2003. Points are assigned to moving violations, and are applied to drivers based on the type of offense and the time period in which the offense was committed. More information about the Driver Responsibility Program is in Chapter 708 of the Texas Transportation Code.

Points remain on the driver record for a period of three (3) years.

Your driver's license will accumulate points as follows:

Conviction for a moving violation, except speeding less than 10% faster than the posted speed limit in a location other than a school zone: 2 points

Conviction for an offense relating to child passenger safety seat systems: 2 points

Conviction for a moving violation resulting in an accident: 3 points

If you accumulate 6 or more points during the preceding 36 month period, you will be required to pay to the Department of Public Safety, a surcharge of $100.00 for the first 6 points, and $25.00 for each additional point.

Each year the Department of Public Safety will assess a surcharge of $250.00 if, during the preceding 36-month period you have been convicted of "driving while license invalid," "failure to maintain financial responsibility" (no automobile liability insurance), or "operating a motor vehicle while the registration is suspended."

Each year the Department of Public Safety will assess a surcharge of $100.00 if, during the preceding 36-month period you have been convicted of "driving without a valid license."

For information concerning the Driver Responsibility Program, including the Driver's License Points and Surcharges, visit the Department of Public Safety's website or contact the Department of Public Safety at
(512) 424-2000.

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General Information

This information is furnished to you to provide basic information relative to the law governing procedures for traffic cases in the Harris County Justice Courts.

The Harris County Justices of the Peace and the Clerks of the Harris County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.

You have the right to a trial by a jury and to be represented by an attorney of your choice, or to represent yourself.

Traffic offenses, generally, are punishable by a fine of not more than $200.00 and all costs of court.

Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.