How To Clean Up Your Driving Record in Missouri

Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers today at (314) 724-5059 to clean up your Missouri driving record.

Withdraw Your Guilty Plea To Get a Clean Driving Record

When you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, three things happen:

  1. A conviction shows up on your driving record.
  2. Points are added to your driving record.
  3. Your insurance rates will probably increase.

If you accumulate too many points on your driving record, your license will be suspended or revoked.

Many defendants have hired me to withdraw their plea because their license has been suspended for having too many points on their driving record and they need to get those points removed from their record. Often, people don’t realize how many points they have on their driving record until they receive a warning from the state that their license is about to be suspended or revoked.

Some people hire me to withdraw their guilty plea and get their ticket reduced to a no-point violation because they have been offered a job that requires that they have a clean driving record.

Regardless of the reason, if you want to clean up your driving record and remove points, you will need to hire an experienced traffic law attorney to withdraw your guilty plea.

How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea For a Speeding Ticket 

First, your attorney will file a motion with the court to withdraw your guilty plea.

Next, if the judge approves the motion to withdraw your guilty plea, your attorney will then work out a deal with the Prosecutor to reduce your speeding ticket to a non-moving no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates.

In many cases, the attorney can take care of everything without the defendant having to appear in court.

Please Note:  It is much more difficult, if not impossible, to withdraw your guilty plea if you were represented by an attorney when you originally pleaded guilty, or if too much time has passed since your guilty plea.

Withdrawing Your Plea Removes Points From Your Driving Record

After your attorney withdraws your guilty plea and reduces your speeding ticket to a non-moving, no-point violation, the court will require you to pay the difference between the original fine you already paid and the new fine assessed by the Prosecutor.

Then the points for the original speeding ticket will be removed from your driving record and there will be no conviction on your driving record.

Withdrawing Your Guilty Plea Can Lift Your Driver’s License Suspension

If your driver’s license was suspended because you accumulated too many points on your driving record, withdrawing your guilty plea and getting your ticket reduced to a no-point violation will clean up your record and lift your suspension. 

You Can Also Withdraw Your Guilty Plea For a Criminal Offense

If you pleaded guilty in the past to a criminal offense and you have now changed your mind about your plea, you can withdraw your guilty plea and hire an attorney to negotiate a plea bargain with the Prosecutor to get your criminal charge dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.

Click here to read my previous blog post about how to withdraw your guilty plea for a criminal offense, such as marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, or shoplifting.


To withdraw your guilty plea and clean up your driving record, call St. Louis attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a flat-fee price quote for legal representation. Or email Andrea at [email protected]

How to Remove Points From License After Paying Fine

You can get speeding ticket points removed from your driving record even though you already pleaded guilty and paid the fine.

You Can Change Your Mind After Pleading Guilty

When you pay a speeding ticket fine, you are pleading guilty to a traffic violation. Points are added to your driving record for the violation, and if you accumulate too many points, your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked.

It’s not too late to hire a lawyer to remove old speeding ticket points from your driver’s license if:

    • You paid a speeding ticket fine but changed your mind and want to hire a lawyer to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, or
    • You paid a speeding ticket fine without realizing the points for that ticket will cause your license to be suspended, and you want to hire a lawyer to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation.

Removal of Points Can Cancel the License Suspension

In both situations listed above, an attorney can withdraw your guilty plea and get your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. After your ticket is reduced, the Missouri Department of Revenue will remove the points from your driving record that were added when you originally paid the fine. If your license was suspended because of the added points, removal of those points will cancel the suspension.

PLEASE NOTE:  Withdrawing a guilty plea is much more difficult if you were represented by an attorney when you pleaded guilty, or if too much time has passed since the conviction date.

How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea For a Speeding Ticket

To withdraw your guilty plea, you will need to hire an experienced traffic law attorney to file the proper motion in court. If the judge approves the motion and allows you to withdraw your guilty plea, your attorney can negotiate a plea bargain deal with the prosecutor to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation.

Your Fine Will be Higher After Your Ticket is Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation

Most courts charge higher fines if they agree to reduce a traffic ticket to a non-moving, no-point violation. After your attorney gets your guilty plea withdrawn and your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, the prosecutor will assess a new fine that will be higher than the fine you already paid. You will be required to pay the difference between the original fine and the new, higher fine.

The Driver Improvement Program Won’t Keep Tickets Off Your Driving Record

You may have heard that you can get points removed from your license if you take the Missouri Driver Improvement Program (DIP). This is true in many Missouri courts, but the DIP class won’t prevent the ticket from being reported on your driving record and possibly causing your car insurance rates to increase.

If you take the DIP class instead of hiring a traffic law attorney to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, the points will be removed after you pay the fine. However, the speeding ticket will show up on your driving record, and your insurance company will see it the next time they review your driving record.

For more information, click here to read my previous blog post about how to remove points from your license by completing the Missouri Driver Improvement Program.


To withdraw your guilty plea and remove points from your license after you have paid a speeding ticket fine, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a price quote and estimate of your fine and court costs. Or email Andrea at [email protected] or at [email protected]

You Can Remove Old Speeding Tickets From Your Driving Record in Missouri

You can remove old speeding tickets from your driving record by calling the Missouri Department of Revenue and requesting a driver’s license purge. You do not need to hire an attorney, pay a fee, or fill out a form. The only requirement is that the speeding ticket or other traffic violation must be a minor offense that is 3 years old or older and not required by state law to remain on your record.

How to Request Old Traffic Tickets be Deleted From Your Missouri Driving Record

You can submit your request for a purge of your driving record by calling the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) at (573) 526-2407, or by email or regular mail. Here’s a link to DOR’s web page that contains information about how to request to have old speeding tickets removed from your Missouri driving record.

The Missouri DOR Purges Driver’s License Records Once a Year

Once a year, the Missouri DOR purges old tickets from driving records, but they don’t always catch every ticket that is eligible for deletion. And you may have tickets that become eligible at some point during the year after the date of the DOR’s annual purge of its records. Keep track of how many tickets you have and how old they are, so you will know when they become eligible for expungement (removal).

A Traffic Ticket Must Be a “Minor Offense” to Be Eligible for Removal From Your Missouri Driving Record

As noted above, a traffic ticket that is 3 years old or older and did not lead to a suspension or revocation of your driving privilege can be removed from your Missouri driving record. However, a traffic ticket that meets those qualifications must also be considered a “minor offense.” The following types of tickets qualify as minor offenses:

  • Speeding Tickets
  • Stop Sign Violations
  • Failure to Signal
  • Failure to Yield
  • Careless & Imprudent Driving

Some Traffic Tickets Can Not be Expunged From Your Driving Record

Some traffic tickets stay on your driving record forever and will never be eligible for removal or deletion. Those types of violations include:

  • Driving While Suspended
  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
  • DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs)
  • Excessive BAC (Blood Alcohol Content)
  • No Insurance
  • No Driver’s License (state, not municipal)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (state, not municipal)
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Any Felony
  • Any conviction involving a drug- or alcohol-related driving offense or enforcement contact

Speeding Tickets That Cause a Suspension or Revocation Stay on Your Missouri Driving Record for 5 Years

When you receive a speeding ticket and you don’t hire an attorney to get your ticket “fixed” (reduced to a non-moving violation), points are added to your driving record. Too many points on your driving record will cause your license to be suspended. Speeding tickets or other traffic violations that directly lead to your driver’s license being suspended or revoked will stay on your Missouri driving record for 5 years from the date that your license is reinstated.

If you have a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) and you receive a speeding ticket that leads to a disqualification of your driving privileges, that ticket will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

Courts and Police Will Still be Able to See Old Speeding Tickets Even After a Driver’s License Purge 

After you request that old tickets be removed from your driving record, courts and law enforcement agencies will still be able to see your old speeding tickets or traffic violations. Fortunately, insurance agents can not see your old tickets when they review your driving record prior to giving you a price quote for car insurance.

See my previous blog post regarding how long speeding ticket points stay on your Missouri driving record.

To speak with an attorney about your speeding ticket or other traffic violation, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or click on the email icon at the top of this page to send her an email.