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Which Traffic Tickets Stay on Your Driving Record Forever?

Traffic tickets such as DUI, No Insurance, and Driving While Suspended remain permanently on your Missouri driving record.

A regular speeding ticket stays on your driving record for only 3 years, but the following traffic violations stay on your Missouri driving record forever:

    • DUI or DWI
    • DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs)
    • Excessive BAC (Blood Alcohol Content)
    • No Insurance
    • No Driver’s License (if state violation, not municipal)
    • Vehicular Manslaughter
    • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
    • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (if state violation, not municipal)
    • Any Felony

Why Do Some Speeding Tickets Remain Permanently On Your Driving Record?

If you receive an additional traffic ticket along with any of the “permanent” tickets listed above during the same traffic stop, both the permanent ticket and the additional ticket will stay on your driving record forever. For example, if you receive a DUI and a speeding ticket during the same traffic stop, both tickets will remain on your Missouri driving record forever if you are convicted of both offenses.

Exception:  A First-Time Misdemeanor DUI Conviction Can be Expunged After 10 Years

While it is true that a conviction for any of the traffic violations listed above will stay on your driving record forever, there is one exception:  It is possible to get a first-time misdemeanor DUI conviction expunged from both your criminal record and your driving record, if 10 years have passed since your conviction date with no other alcohol-related driving convictions or alcohol-related enforcement contacts/actions during that time. Click here to read my previous blog post about how to expunge a first-time DUI.

Keep Tickets Off Your Driving Record by Hiring a Traffic Law Attorney

In most cases, an experienced traffic law attorney can get all of these “permanent” tickets (DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving While Suspended, etc.) dismissed or reduced to non-moving, no-point violations that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates.

Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 to get a price quote for legal representation and an estimate of your fine & court costs. Or email Andrea at

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Andrea Rogers

With over 15 years of concentrated experience in Missouri traffic law and misdemeanors, Andrea Rogers of The Rogers Law Firm provides personalized, flat-fee legal services backed by a case outcome guarantee for every client she takes on across the state.