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
- 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)
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.
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]