How To Get Speeding Tickets Removed From Your Driving Record

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To get speeding tickets removed from your driving record, you can submit a request to the Missouri Department of Revenue to purge all tickets that are 3 years old or older.

How To Get Old Speeding Tickets Removed From Your Driving Record

When you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, points are added to your driving record.

  • If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, the state of Missouri will suspend your driver’s license for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension)
  • If you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, the state of Missouri will revoke your driver’s license for 1 year
  • If you continue to drive on a suspended or revoked license, you risk getting a 12-point ticket for Driving While Suspended

Speeding tickets stay on your driving record for 3 years. The points count toward a suspension for 18 months.

To get old speeding tickets removed from your driving record, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) in Jefferson City, Missouri and ask them to review your driving record and purge any tickets that are 3 years old or older.

Here are some options for how to contact the DOR to get old speeding tickets removed from your driving record

  • Email your request to [email protected]
  • Call the DOR at (573) 526-2407 and ask them to remove all old tickets
  • Mail a written request to:

Missouri Department of Revenue
301 West High Street – Room 470
PO Box 200
Jefferson City, MO, 65105-0200

Some Types Of Tickets Stay On Your Driving Record Forever

Traffic tickets that support an administrative suspension, revocation, or denial of driving privileges can NOT be removed from your driving record.

Other types of tickets that stay on your driving record forever include:

  • No Insurance
  • DWI
  • DUID
  • Excessive BAC
  • No Driver’s License (state, not municipal)
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
  • Leaving the Scene of An Accident (state, not municipal)
  • Felonies

In addition, tickets that led to a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license must remain on your Missouri driving record until 5 years after you get your license reinstated.

An Attorney Can Help Keep Points Off Your Driving Record

If you have a current speeding ticket that you want to get “fixed” (reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation), you will have to hire a traffic law attorney to represent you. An experienced speeding ticket lawyer can get your ticket amended to “Illegal Parking” or some similar non-moving, no-point violation.

You will have to pay a fine and court costs to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. The fine will be slightly higher than the original fine you would have paid if you had pleaded guilty and accepted the points on your driving record.

The court will give you at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs, and you won’t have to appear in court if it’s just a standard speeding ticket.

Why Should You Hire A Lawyer To Fight Your Speeding Ticket?

If you hire an attorney to get your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, no points will be added to your driving record and your insurance company will never know that you received the ticket, so they will have no reason to increase your rates.

Some people choose to plead guilty to a speeding ticket because they have a clean driving record and are not in danger of having their license suspended for accumulating too many points.

If you are having a hard time deciding whether to fight your speeding ticket or plead guilty, you can call your insurance agent to ask if your insurance rates will increase if you plead guilty to a speeding ticket. You can also call a traffic ticket lawyer to ask for an estimate of their fee and the amount of the fine and court costs.

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Speeding Ticket Reduced To A Non-Moving Violation?

It is cheaper to plead guilty to a speeding ticket than to hire an attorney and pay the higher fine to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation.

However, the long-term cost of pleading guilty may be much higher if your insurance company increases your car insurance rates because you pleaded guilty to a speeding ticket.

An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can give you a flat-fee price quote over the phone and an estimate of the fine and court costs you will have to pay.
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For a free consultation about your Missouri speeding ticket, contact St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or [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.