How Long Does a Traffic Ticket Stay on My Record?

The traffic ticket defense attorneys at GRL Law receive calls from time to time with questions about moving violations. 

One of the most common questions? 

How long will a particular charge remain on my driving record? 

That depends on a number of factors.

Is it for a non-moving or moving violation?  Personal vehicle or commercial motor vehicle?

Non-moving violations stay on for three years.  Moving violations in a personal vehicle last five to seven years (longer if committed in a CMV).

Convictions for OWI remain for 12 years (much longer if involving a CMV).

Suspensions can last anywhere from six months to 12 years.  Some suspensions resulting from non-payment of fines or other open matters can be indefinite.

There are a number of benefits to keeping a clean driving record.  Reduce insurance premiums and deductibles, accident forgiveness and other discounts and perks.  Most delivery or other driving positions are available only to drivers with a clean record.  

Don’t plead guilty to a traffic ticket without consulting first with GRL Law.