Demerit Points System

The demerit-point system encourages drivers to improve their behavior and protects people from drivers who abuse the privilege of driving. Drivers convicted of driving-related offenses have demerit points recorded on their records. Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the date of the offence. If you accumulate too many demerit points, your driver’s license can be suspended. 

New drivers — demerit-point system for Level One and Level Two drivers

Two or more points

You will receive a warning letter.

Six points

You may have to attend an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your license should not be suspended. If you do not go to the interview, your license may be suspended.

Nine or more points

Your license will be suspended for 60 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your license for up to two years if you fail to surrender your license. After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to four. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach nine points again, your license may be suspended for six months.

As a Level One or Level Two driver, you will have your license suspended if you accumulate nine or more demerit points during a two-year period.

Note: If you are a novice driver and are convicted of violating any novice condition, an offence that is associated with four or more demerit points or receive a court-ordered suspension for an offence that would have resulted in four or more demerit points, you will receive the appropriate penalty and Novice Driver Escalating Sanction license suspension. However, the demerit points will be recorded as zero on your record, and will not be counted towards the accumulated demerit point system.

Fully licensed drivers - demerit-point system for fully licensed drivers

Six points

You will receive a warning letter recommending that you improve your driving skills.

Nine points

You may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your license should not be suspended. You may also have to complete a driver re-examination. If you fail this test, your license can be canceled. If you fail to attend an interview, or fail to give good reasons for keeping your license, your license may be suspended.

15 points

Your license will be suspended for 30 days from the date you hand over your license to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your license for up to two years if you fail to surrender it. After the suspension, the number of points on your driver’s record will be reduced to seven. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach 15 points again, your license will be suspended for six months.

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