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Who has access to my driving record? And how long do violations stay on a driving record?

UPDATED: February 20, 2013

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Your driving record is immediately accessible and can be viewed by the Department of Motor Vehicles and by law enforcement officials such as police officers during a traffic stop.

Others may access your driving record if they have good legal cause or your permission to do so. Anyone conducting a background check on you, for example, may view your driving record. These people include prospective employees, landlords, and bank lenders.

Your insurance company may also have access to your driving record, especially if and when you apply for a policy. These situations are considered “good cause” and the person making your policy determination has a right to the information.

How will violations affect my driving record?

Because it is possible for employers, insurers and the police to view your driving record, a large number of violations can be detrimental. Your violations can disqualify you from some jobs, and may make your insurance more expensive. This means it is important to know how long a violation will remain on your record. 

After you’re convicted of a traffic violation, the amount of time the violation stays on your driving record will depend on the nature of the violation and the state in which you’re located.

How long will violations remain on my driving record?

Most general moving violations will stay on a driving record for a length of time between 3 and 10 years. The more minor violations, such as rolling through stop signs, will likely stay for just a few years, while larger violations and those that resulted in accidents will have greater durations.

In some extremely serious cases, infractions can remain on your driving record for time periods long enough to be considered permanent. In Florida, for example, vehicular manslaughter and certain DUIs may remain on your record for up to 75 years.

Any criminal charges will also remain on your record unless or until they are expunged. 

If you are concerned about the state of your driving record, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. Your attorney can help you do anything possible to clear your record so you can lower your insurance rates and get the other benefits available to good drivers. 

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