Cleaning up your driving record

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Many driving records contain mistakes. These can cost you hundreds of dollars more per year in auto insurance premiums. If you have been charged with a ticket, accident and / or DUI, you don’t need a mistake that makes your record look even worse.

According to the Insurance Research Council over 1/5 of driving records contain mistakes. The mistakes exist for varying reasons but the most common reason is that speeding violations which have been dismissed (after completing a traffic school class) still show up on record. Other mistakes result from clerical errors where a DMV employee miss-typed.

Only 14 states currently input driving history information electronically, while the rest still use ordinary paper and pen. Such a system is bound to produce errors.

If your job requires significant travel (especially with a company car), then it may be particularly important that you know what is on your driving record. Mistakes on that record could be costly.

A copy of your driving record can benefit you in a traffic courtroom as well. Although there may be a copy of your record already there, by bringing your own you demonstrate responsibility and a pro active nature to the judge.

A. Locate your state DMV and get a copy of your driving record.

Then:

B. Waiting out your State’s statute of limitations. Most minor traffic offenses will drop of in 2-3 years, however, a DUI or more serious offense (manslaughter, serious injury, etc.) can stay on your record from 10 years and beyond.

or:

C. Hire a Lawyer,and for a fee he might be able to expunge your driving record.This will involve:

  1. Convincing the court you were convicted in to set aside a conviction; and
  2. Convincing the Secretary of State or DMV to remove it from your driving record.