The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles uses a system with positive
and negative points to assess a driver's performance.
Negative points are "Demerit Points". They are assigned to a driver's
record when a driver was convicted of a traffic violation and the
court reported the connviction to the DMV. Demirit Points can add up;
having too many Demerit Points can result in suspension of the
The number of Demerit Points assigned depends on how serious the
traffic violation was. The Demerit Points will remain in the driver's
record for two years after the violation was committed.
Positive points, "Safe Driving Points", on the other hand, are
assigned to a driver's record in recognition of good driving. For each
year of driving with no traffic violations, one Safe Driving Point is
assigned to the record. Five years of flawless driving, for example,
result in five positive points on the record. One Safe Driving Point
eliminates one Demerit Point.
So your current driving record displays one Demerit Point for a minor
For more information about the Virigina Department of Motor Vehicles'
point system, please have a look at their website:
Hope this helps!
Additional sources used:
Virginia's Judicial System: Frequently Asked Questions About
Virginia's Court System - Types of Cases in Courts
CarInsurance.com: I have a VA drivers license, and I have -1 point on my record