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Traffic Violations and Your Driving Record

Your driving record is forever. Any conviction for a speeding ticket or other moving violation like a car crash or DUI can stay on your record unless they are expunged by court order. If you’ve been the cause of an auto accident or have racked up a few speeding tickets, you may be feeling the effect on your driving record and insurance premiums. Most states have clear rules regarding how infractions affect your driver’s license status. Here is what you should know about your California driving record.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a point system concerning drivers’ licenses. You can get DMV points on your license in a number of ways. If you get pulled over by a police officer and he writes you a traffic ticket for a moving violation you will now face at least one point being put on your driver’s license record. A moving violation is any violation of the law committed by the driver while it is in motion. Non-moving violations are issues such as parking tickets, fix-it tickets, and paperwork violations.

The length of time depends on the severity of the offense:-

  • Most one point convictions remain on your record for 3 years
  • A speeding ticket stays on your record for 3 years
  • A DUI stays on your record for 10 years

Most points (illegal turn, not making a complete stop, driving over the speed limit, etc.) and/or accidents will stay on your DMV driver record for 3 years. Points for more serious offenses, such as hit-and-run or a DUI, will stay on your license record for 10 years.

Remember that the best way to protect your auto insurance premiums and driving record is to drive safely and stay on top of your coverage.

When looking for reliable coverage, talk to the professionals at Jack Stone Insurance Agency. We provide quality car insurance for your needs in Antioch, Brentwood, and neighboring cities in CA.

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