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Negligent Operator Treatment System

The Negligent Operator Treatment System is based on negligent operator points and consists of a computer generated series of warning letters and progressive sanctions against the driving privilege. California Vehicle Code §12810 requires the California DMV to assign one point to any conviction "involving the safe operation of a motor vehicle upon the highway."

  • 4 points in 12 months
  • 6 points in 24 months
  • 8 points in 36 months

Most driving offenses, such as hit and run, reckless driving, and driving under the influence, are designated as 2 points and will remain on your record for seven years from the violation date. Most other offenses are designated as 1 point and will remain on your record for three years from the violation date. Any "at fault" accident is normally counted as one point.

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