If you live and are licensed to drive in Colorado, it is important for you to understand how the state tracks your driving violation history. Even the safest, most responsible drivers may receive traffic violations from time to time. Every single violation has the potential to add points on your driving record. If you amass too many points within a certain period of time, you may find yourself facing a time without driving privileges.

According to the State of Colorado, the point at which your license may be suspended varies in large part based on your age. If you are 21 years of age or older, reaching a total of 18 points in two years or 12 points within one year may result in your license being suspended. If you are 18, 19 or 20 years of age, if you collect 14 points within any period of time, you are at risk for a suspension. A suspension for drivers between 18 and 20 may also happen after reaching 12 points in two years or nine points in one year.

For newer drivers who are aged 16 or 17, the threshold for a license suspension is even lower. After six points in one year or seven points over any course of time, your driver’s license may be suspended.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents licensed to drive in Colorado an overview of how the Department of Motor Vehicles calculates points on your license and when you may be in jeopardy of having your license suspended.