The Virginia DMV keeps track of both positive and negative marks you
acquire behind the wheel of a car. Positive marks, called
safe-driving points, are accumulated at the rate of 1-per-year for
every year that a driver remains accident and violation free.
Safe-driving points can also be accumulated at the rate of 5 per
voluntary completion of a Virginia Defensive Driving course. On
the other hand, your Virginia Driving Record might reveal
demerits. Demerits are accumulated when you commit a traffic
offense. The amount of demerits you receive for a Virginia
traffic offense will vary, depending of the severity of the
offense. Demerits are an indication that you have been convicted
of a Virginia traffic offense.
Also on your Virginia Driving Record are traffic convictions of a more
serious nature such as vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and
DUI’s. License revocations and suspensions are also housed on
your Virginia Driving Record, as well as motor vehicle accidents, in
Finally, your Virginia Driving Record contains personal information
such as your birth date, social security number and driver’s license
number. For this reason, only you or authorized officials have
access to it, pursuant to the Federal Drivers Protection Act of 1994.
If a potential employer, for example, requires a copy of your Virginia
Driving Record, you have to provide written consent in order for them
to obtain it.