Missouri speeding ticket points become inactive after 18 months, and at that point they no longer count toward a suspension of your driver’s license. The 18-month time period starts on the date of the conviction.
The Actual Traffic Ticket Stays on Your Missouri Driving Record for 3 Years
Although the points on your Missouri driving record become inactive after 18 months, the actual traffic ticket stays on your driving record for 3 years or longer, depending on the type of violation.
Some Traffic Tickets Stay on Your Missouri Driving Record for 5 Years
If you are convicted of a traffic violation that leads to a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, then that speeding ticket or other traffic violation will stay on your Missouri driving record for 5 years, starting from the date of reinstatement of your driver’s license after the suspension or revocation period ends.
What Types of Traffic Tickets Stay on Your Driving Record Permanently?
Convictions for DWI, Excessive BAC (blood alcohol content), DUID (Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs), no insurance,” “no drivers license” (state, not municipal), vehicular manslaughter, driving while suspended or revoked, leaving the scene of an accident (state, not municipal), any felony, and any drug- or alcohol-related driving offense or enforcement contact will stay on your Missouri driving record permanently.
Some Traffic Tickets are Automatically Removed from Your Driving Record
Once a year, the Missouri Department of Revenue does a system-wide sweep to remove certain types of tickets from motorists’ driving records. A ticket is eligible to be removed if it was issued for a minor offense, it is more than 3 years old, and it did not cause a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
Tickets that qualify as a “minor offense” include convictions for speeding, stop sign violations, failure to signal, failure to yield, and “careless & imprudent driving.” These types of tickets will be removed from driving records during the Missouri Department of Revenue’s annual “purge” of old tickets from its driving record files.
You Can Ask the Missouri Department of Revenue to Remove Old Traffic Tickets from Your Driving Record
The Missouri Department of Revenue’s annual housecleaning of its files does not catch all tickets that are eligible for removal. Some old tickets could be removed but are overlooked during the annual purging of the files and end up staying on your record longer than necessary. Keep track of how many tickets are on your record and how old they are, then call the Department of Revenue to ask that they delete all old tickets that are eligible for removal. The removal of old speeding tickets from a driving record is sometimes called “expungement.”
How to Know if Your Old Speeding Tickets or Other Traffic Tickets Are Eligible to be Removed from Your Missouri Driving Record
If you have a conviction on your Missouri driving record for a traffic ticket that occurred more than 3 years ago, it did not cause a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, and it is not a type of ticket that is required to stay on your driving record permanently (DWI, no insurance, etc.), then you can call the Missouri Department of Revenue at (573) 751-4475 and request that they remove that ticket from your driving record. If the old ticket meets those requirements, the Missouri Department of Revenue is required to remove it upon your request.
Additional rules apply to convictions for traffic violations involving CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) or CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle).
Why You Should Have Old Tickets Removed from Your Driving Record
Insurance agents routinely review your driving record before quoting a price for car insurance. Removing old traffic tickets from your driving record will prevent an insurance agent from seeing anything except current tickets for moving violation convictions or old tickets that are not eligible for removal.
What Are Points on Your Driving Record?
When you receive a speeding ticket and are convicted of a moving violation in Missouri, in addition to paying a fine, points are added to your driving record. If you accumulate too many points, the state will suspend or revoke your driver’s license. The number of points vary depending on the type of offense. For example, a speeding ticket issued by a city or county police officer will cause 2 points to be added to your driving record. If a state police officer issued the speeding ticket, then 3 points are added to your record. A conviction for driving without insurance will cause 4 points to be added to your driving record. And driving while suspended or revoked means 12 points will be added to your driving record.
How Many Points are Added to Your Missouri Driving Record for Each Traffic Violation?
Click here to find out how many points are added to your driving record for traffic violations in Missouri.
Here is a list of some common traffic violations and the number of points that are added to your driving record for each:
Speeding ticket issued by state police officer – 3 points
Speeding ticket issued by county or municipal police officer – 2 points
DWI (1st time) – 8 points
Driving While Suspended – 12 points
Failure to Produce Insurance I.D. – 4 points
No Driver’s License (1st time) – 2 points
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way – 2 points
How Many Points Can You Accumulate Before Your Driver’s License is Suspended?
If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue will suspend your drivers license for 30 days. If you are suspended a second time because of points, then your license will be suspended for 60 days; and if it’s your third or more suspension, then your license will be suspended for 90 days.
How Many Points Can You Have on Your Driving Record Before Your Driver’s License is Revoked?
Your Missouri driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.
How to Find Out How Many Points Are on Your Driving Record
To find out the number of points on your driving record, call the Missouri Department of Revenue at (573) 526-2407 ext. 2. If you recently received a traffic ticket but have not paid the fine yet, those points will not show up on your driving record until after the fine is paid and the conviction is recorded.
Keep Track of the Amount of Points on Your Driving Record
Many people hire an attorney to have their speeding tickets “fixed” (meaning, the attorney negotiates a plea bargain with the prosecutor to have your ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point infraction).
However, some people choose instead to simply pay the fine for their speeding ticket, knowing that points will be added to their driving record. If you choose this option, just be sure to keep track of how many points you have on your driving record. Many drivers get pulled over by police for a routine traffic stop only to be surprised when the officer tells them that their license is suspended because they accumulated too many points.
An Attorney Can Help if Your Driver’s License is Suspended
If your driver’s license is suspended because you failed to pay fines for speeding tickets or other traffic violations, then you can hire an attorney to negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have your tickets amended to non-moving violations, which will reduce the amount of points on your driving record, and the suspension will be canceled.
To learn more about points and suspension or revocation of your Missouri driver’s license, go to my Driving While Revoked/Driving While Suspended page.
Your Attorney May be Able to Help You Withdraw Your Guilty Plea
If you have already pled guilty and paid your fines for a speeding ticket or other traffic violation, then, in some situations, it is possible for an attorney to file a motion to withdraw your guilty plea and negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have those tickets amended to non-moving violations with no points. However, if too much time has passed since your guilty plea, the court may not allow the withdrawal.
For more information, go to the Withdrawal of Guilty Plea page on my website.
To learn more about Missouri traffic law, go to my Traffic Law Resources page for links to information regarding Missouri speeding tickets, points, Missouri drivers licenses, courts, and other traffic-related issues.