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Welcome to Missouri! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Missouri. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
The number of points you receive depends on the conviction. The following are examples of some state law violations and the point values associated with them:
|Careless & Imprudent Driving||4 points|
|Knowingly Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Operate a Vehicle||4 points|
|A Felony Involving a Motor Vehicle||12 points|
|Obtaining a Driver License by Misrepresentation||12 points|
|Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked Driver License||12 points|
If you accumulate a total of 4 points in 12 months, the Department of Revenue will send you a point accumulation advisory letter.
If you accumulate a total of 8 or more points in 18 months, the Department of Revenue will suspend your driving privilege.
The Department of Revenue will revoke your driving privilege for one year if you accumulate:
When your driving privilege is reinstated following a Point Suspension or Revocation, the Department of Revenue reduces your total points to 4.
Every year you drive without getting new points on your record, the points will be reduced.
Although your points may be reduced to zero, certain types of convictions must remain listed permanently on your Missouri driver record.
Liability insurance covers your legal liability when injuries or property damage happen to others as a result of your actions. The minimum level of coverage required by state law is shown below:
The law also requires you to have uninsured motorist coverage of $25,000 for bodily injury per person and $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
You must keep some proof of insurance in your vehicle at all times. If a law enforcement officer asks for proof of insurance and you cannot show it, the officer may issue you a ticket. The Department of Revenue will be notified that you do NOT have insurance on your vehicle or the vehicle you drive if you are in an accident or a police officer asks you to show proof of insurance. At any time, the Department of Revenue may also ask you to prove you have insurance.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
On February 3, 2014, a US District Court in Missouri ordered the City of Ellisville to stop enforcing its ordinance against flashing headlights as a speed trap warning because the ordinance violated drivers' First Amendment rights and was not an obstruction of police justice. The ruling only granted a preliminary injunction, and hearing on a permanent injunction is pending.
Missouri does not have an open container law.
Speeding or passing violations when workers are present are subject to an additional $250 fine for a first offense, and $300 for subsequent offenses.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted.
You are required to pass at a safe distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.