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Driving Record Points : Length On Your State Record

How long points remain on your driving record is strictly up to the state that issued you your drivers license. Each state has its own point system, and distribute points according to the offense. You need to first understand what a point is. A point is a ticket or a violation that you have been given or cited for. These points can range from 1 to 2 points per occurrence. Some offenses such as making an illegal turn, not coming to a complete stop, or driving over the required speed limit, and more serious accidents; can stay on your driving record for up to three years. The more serious offenses such as driving under the influence of alcohol, or hit and run, can carry criminal penalties, and severe fines. These acts of negligent driving can cause points to remain on your driving record for up to ten years, or longer. In general, penalty points have a three year lifespan; they can not remain on your license past that time frame. If your license is out dated, or expired this will not affect you. If you have an access of 12 accumulated points on your driving record you could be disqualified from driving, for up to six months. At the end of six months the points are removed. Once again, every state is different and every state as their own set of rules. In most cases you can avoid points being added to your driving record by opting to take a driver's improvement course. Most Department of Motor Vehicle agencies will take that into consideration. This may also help you to obtain a discount from your insurance company. If you are concerned about the length of time that points remain on your driving record you should call or visit your nearest Department of Motor Vehicle agency. They will answer any questions you may have, and will help you find a solution to your dilemma. They will give you a printout sheet with all the information pertaining to your driving record, and will list what actions need to be taken by you and by what date, it needs to be done.