If you are a licensed driver in Colorado, it will be important for you to understand the various laws that govern traffic and licensing regulations. It may be easier than you think to amass points on your driving record and end up losing your license for a period of time. Knowing the thresholds for this and the types of events that contribute to points on your record is one way to avoid these situations.

As explained by the Colorado Department of Revenue, there is not just one blanket level at which a person may lose their license. Instead, the point at which a driver’s license may be suspended varies based in part on a driver’s age. The younger the driver, the lower the threshold is. For example, a newly licensed teenager who is 16 or 17 can have their license suspended after receiving six points in the matter of one year. The license of a driver who is over 21 will be suspended after 12 points have been added to their record in the same length of time.

Many things can contribute to the addition of points on a license. These include smaller infractions like speeding or rolling stops. More serious offenses like convictions for drunk driving offenses can also add points to a person’s driver’s license.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your right to drive and what it means if your driver’s license is suspended, please feel free to visit the traffic violations and driving privileges page of our Colorado criminal defense website.