How Long Does a Speeding Ticket Stay on Your Driving Record?

Speeding tickets usually stay on your record for three years. Here’s why, plus how long tickets affect your insurance and more.

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Speeding tickets stay on your record for at least three years, in most cases.

How long this type of traffic ticket stays on your record depends on several factors. It depends on the kind of record you’re talking about, too.

For instance, the driving or motor vehicle record your state keeps track of is different from your car insurance record. So, a speeding ticket might stay on your state’s driver record for up to or over three years, but your insurance company may not penalize you for it during that time — especially if it’s your first offense.

In this article, you’ll learn about how long speeding tickets stay on your record. You’ll also find answers to these questions:

How long does a speeding ticket stay on your record?

Most speeding tickets stay on your driving record for about three years.

Although some insurance companies will overlook your first speeding ticket, your state will not. Most states add one to 11 driver’s license points — sometimes called demerit points — to your record if you’re caught going over the posted speed limit, even if it’s your first offense. California adds one point to your record for any speeding violation, for instance, while New York adds 11 points if you’re caught driving 40 miles per hour or more over the posted limit.

The number of points added to your state driving record and how long those points stay there often depends on where you live and how far over the speed limit you were driving when you were caught. Here are a few examples:

State Number of points added to your record for a speeding ticket How long points stay on your driving record
California 1 3 years and 3 months
Nevada 1 to 5, depending on how fast you were speeding 1 year
New York 3 to 11, depending on how fast you were speeding 1 year and 6 months
Virginia 3 to 6, depending on how fast you were speeding 2 years

So, if you live in California, the state will add just one point to your driving record after you get a speeding ticket. That point stays on your record for 39 months — or three years and three months.

In Nevada, however, you’ll have between one and five points added to your record after a speeding ticket. You get one point if you’re caught driving up to 10 miles per hour over the posted limit, two points if you’re caught driving 11 to 20 miles per hour over the limit and so on.

New York’s driver point system is similar to Nevada’s, though the lowest number of points you get for speeding in New York is three, and the most is 11. Regardless, those points stay on your record for 18 months.

And in Virginia, you get three points added to your record or license if you’re caught driving up to 9 miles per hour over the posted limit. You get four points if you drive 10 to 19 miles per hour over the limit and six points if you drive 20 miles per hour or more over the limit.

Something to keep in mind: the length of time a speeding ticket stays on your state driver record isn’t always the same as the length of time points stay on your record. If you’re caught speeding in Virginia, for instance, the points added to your state driving record drop off after two years, but the conviction stays on your record for five years.

How long does a speeding ticket affect your insurance?

Most speeding tickets affect your car insurance rates for three years, that is, if they affect your rates at all. If you’ve been driving for a long time and you have a good driving history, your insurance rates may not go up at all after a first speeding ticket or citation.

If a speeding ticket does cause your insurance rates to increase, expect the increase to be highest during the first year.

How much does insurance go up after a speeding ticket?

Your car insurance rates could go up as much as 38% after getting a speeding ticket, according to QuoteWizard’s research.

Car insurance rate increases after a single speeding ticket

Insurance company Rate increase
Allstate 38%
GEICO 22%
Progressive 38%
State Farm 12%
These average rate increases are based on non-binding estimates provided by Quadrant Information Services. Your rates may vary.

Think that sounds bad? It’s better than the rate increases you could see from these same companies after an accident.

How to get a speeding ticket off your record

There are a couple of things you can do besides wait a year or more for a speeding ticket to drop off your driving record:

  • Fight the traffic ticket in court, especially if it’s your first one.
  • Take a defensive driving course. Some states will drop or reduce your driver’s license points if you complete one of these classes. It might help you save money on car insurance, too.

Although these tactics may not clear your motor vehicle record completely, they could help.

No matter what, make sure you don’t get a second ticket for speeding or another moving violation in the near future. If you do, both your state and your insurance company may hit you with even harsher penalties than the ones discussed here.

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