Driving Laws Every Young Driver Must Know

The Point System: Lesson 4

Losing Your License … Or Not

  • In Tennessee, a driver who gathers 12 or more points in a 12-month period is in danger of losing the driver license. This does not have to be a calendar year; just a 12 month period.
  • If you have 12 points in 12 months, you will get a notice that your license will be suspended.
    • The rules are different if you are under 18; HINT: they aren’t nicer.
  • The notice will tell you that you can go to what is called an “administrative hearing.” This is not court, but it is as important as court.
    • If you don’t ask for the hearing, your license will be suspended for a year. This means you can’t legally drive. Driving with a suspended license is a big problem.
    • If you do ask for the hearing, you might be given the option of attending a defensive driving class to avoid the suspension, or to have the suspension time shortened. If you take a class, you will have to pay for the class. No surprise there, by now.


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