The Kentucky Point System identifies persons that may be habitually negligent drivers. Under the Point System, a driver starts with no points, but accumulates points for various offenses. Upon the accumulation of 12 points (7 points if under age eighteen) within a two year period, a driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle may be suspended. Individuals are given an opportunity to meet with a hearing officer prior to any possible suspension.
Points assessed under the Kentucky Point System expire two (2) years from the date of conviction. However, the conviction entry remains part of the driver's record for a period of five (5) years from the conviction date.
Upon the accumulation of twelve (12) or more points against a driver age eighteen (18) or older, or 7 points against a driver under age 18, the Transportation Cabinet conducts a hearing concerning the drivers privileges to operate a motor vehicle. Failure to appear for the hearing results in a driving suspension for a period of six (6) months for the first such accumulation of twelve (12) points, one (1) year for the second such accumulation of twelve (12) points, and two (2) years for any subsequent accumulation of twelve (12) points within the two (2) year period.
After a hearing, the department may require the driver to be placed on "probation" in lieu of suspension and attend a driver improvement clinic (State Traffic School) approved by the Transportation Cabinet.
Once a driver has been placed on "probation" by the department, he/she shall not be considered for probation again until a lapse of two (2) years from the ending date of any previous probation period granted, whether served or not.
Notice of the following offenses are sent to the Division of Driver Licensing by the courts: