The points card works in Spain since July 1, 2006. We have been with it for almost six years but do you really know how it works?
How many points do you start with?
- If you have had the card for less than 3 years => you start with 8 points
- If you have the card for more than 3 years
- And you've never lost it by running out of points => you start with 12 points
- You have lost it by running out of points and you have recovered it again => you recover it with 8 points.
Do you know your point balance?
If you do not know exactly how many points you have you can check it at www.dgt.es. With your NIF and a password that they provide you can know for sure the points you have.
Do they reward good drivers?
Good drivers have a prize. If after 3 years they have not taken away any points, you will automatically have 14 points and if after another three years you still do not lose points, you will be assigned another one and in total you will have 15 points.
What happens if I lose points?
If you have already lost a point you will not be able to opt for the extra points for good driver but you can recover them, at least some. For example, by taking a road awareness and re-education course, you can recover up to 4 points. eye! You can only do this course once every two years (unless you are a professional driver). If you do not lose any more points, you will return to the 12 you started with, with one caveat: if you lost the points for committing a very serious offense (in this case you would have to wait three years).
If you have lost all the points you must wait 6 months and then take the re-education and awareness course (apart from a theoretical test at the Traffic Headquarters). If this is the second time you lose your license you will have to wait a whole year to drive again.
Important. The points system adds to the sanctions system, it does not replace it. That is, if the infraction is serious you will have a fine, suspension and also a few less points.
Advice. If you want to know in detail how many points you lose depending on the offense you commit, we advise you to consult our article Permit for points. How many points can I take away?