How Long Will a Ticket Stay on My Driving Record?

police pulled over with a vehicle in frontUnderstand the CA point system and how it impacts your driving record.

Whether it was a simple mistake or you were hoping you weren’t going to get caught, receiving a ticket for a moving violation can have serious consequences. Not only could you be put back financially, but a ticket will be put on your driving record for insurance agencies and even employers to see.

The points system

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a point system concerning drivers’ licenses. If you get:-

  • 4 points in one year
  • 6 points in two years
  • or 8 points in three years

– then the California DMV will want to suspend your license for 6 months for being negligent.

How do you get points on your license?

If you get pulled over by the police and the officer writes you a traffic ticket for a moving violation, you will not face at least one point being put on your driver’s license record. There are also non-moving violations, such as parking tickets and fit-it tickets, but these do not put points on your license.

How long does a point stay on my license?

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 to drive safely and cautiously at all times to avoid accident, injury, and points. The team at McCarty Insurance are industry experts who are here to help. We ensure that you understand your auto insurance so that you can feel confident about your protection in Fresno, California.