Glendora Auto Insurance – How long does a ticket stay on your driving record? – Flashing police lights in your rear view mirror is never an exciting sight, but it happens. That’s why a common question we hear a lot from clients is, “how long does a ticket stay on your driving record?”
Well, we are here to clear that up. Speeding tickets, running a red light, unsafe lane changes, at-fault car accidents are all considered moving violations and may remain on your driving record for up to 36 months (3 years). A DUI, hit-and-run, and other more serious offenses, however, remain on your record for 10 years.
In California, such serious offenses as a DUI, hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license, and/or speeding over 100 mph can land you two points on your driving record. Other violations, including speeding (below 100 mph), causing an accident, driving in a bicycle lane, violating traffic signals, improper lane usage, illegal passing, etc…can land you one point.
These points are then tallied and will determine whether the California DMV will want to suspend your license for six months for being a negligent operator. Currently, the California point system will suspend your license if you receive four points in one year, or six points in two years, or eight points in three years.
These points are all based on moving violations as they arise from violations committed while your car is in motion. Non-moving violations, nonetheless, do not result in points on your license. Examples of non-moving violations include talking on your cell phone and fix-it tickets (i.e. broken light, tinted windows, no front license plate, or paper work violations such as those regarding your auto insurance or registration).
Although we are an auto insurance agency, we also are human and understand mistakes happen, violations are obtained, and dings on your driving record can add up. That is one reason we are highly sought after.
If you have received a violation, there are things you can do to help clear up your driving record.
For example, according to the National Motorist Association, only one out of twenty drivers contest a ticket. Fighting a ticket, however, can reduce or dismiss your violation. In fact, if you feel you were wrongfully ticketed, or even if you are guilty of an infraction, fighting the ticket can be worth it as there may be mitigating factors to help ease the situation.
Additionally, if you have any “fix-it” tickets make sure to address that as quickly as possible to keep such violations off the radar.
Furthermore, if you have any minor mistakes, you may be eligible for a driver safety course. Although these can be taken at an on-site location, you can also complete these on-line and wipe away the penalty point in its entirety.
Finally, one of the most valuable strategies for clearing up your driving record is expungement. While expungement does not erase your record, it can dismiss a violation. It is best to speak to an attorney regarding expungement if this is the route you wish to take.
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