What do the points on my driving record mean?

The best driving record you can have in Virginia is  +5.  For every year you receive no traffic violations you get +1 point.  Any time you get convicted of a traffic violation Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will assess 3, 4, or 6 points depending on the charge you were convicted of in court.  The points only stay on your driving record for two years but the charge itself will remain on your driving record for 3, 5, or 11 years.    You can take a driver improvement course voluntarily and receive +5 points to help balance out any points assessed for the violation.  Keep in mind that the clerks office at the courthouse and the Judge do not assess the points.