How to Improve Your Driving Record

Having a poor driving record can have a serious impact on your car insurance rates, driving privileges, employment opportunities and more. Here, attorney Douglas Sachse, details ways to improve your driving record.

What is a Driving Record?

Your driving record is a point accumulation system established by the MVA that assigns a certain number of points to different driving violations. If you are caught committing a driving violation, and are given a ticket, it is likely you will have points placed on your driving record. The more serious the violation, the more points you are likely to be given.

How Do Points Negatively Impact Me?

There are various penalties for different levels of accumulated points. While receiving one or two points is not likely to have a massive impact on your record, accumulating five or more in less than a three-year period will cause the MVA to assign you to a Driver Improvement Program (DIP). Receiving eight to eleven will cause your license to be suspended, and 12 or more will cause your license to be revoked. Besides impacting your driving privileges, points on your record can impact your chances of being employed, especially for jobs where you would be required to drive. It can also negatively impact your insurance rates, as you are seen to be more of a liability due to reckless driving habits.

Driver Record Expungement

It is possible to have points removed from your driving record. The MVA will expunge your record after three years if you do not receive any more points after your last conviction, do not receive a license suspension or revocation or have never been convicted for leaving the scene of an accident, or driving while under the influence or while intoxicated.

If you do not meet one of these requirements, there is still a possibility of having points removed from your record. This is known as a manual expungement, and it is up to the discretion of the MVA to decide whether you deserve to have your record altered. Drivers must submit an Expungement Request Form to the MVA’s Administrative Adjudication Division (AAD), detailing their personal information, driving record and convictions committed.

Restriction Removal

If your license was suspended or revoked, and you believe your driving privileges should be reinstated, you may send an appeal to the MVA. It should include your personal and contact information, including your driver’s license number, and the reason for the request. If your request is accepted, you may apply for a “corrected” driver’s license, which will no longer indicate a restriction.

Driver Improvement Program

While a DIP will not necessarily remove points from your record, a judge may use their discretion to assign you to a DIP instead of having points placed on your record. Furthermore, enrolling in a DIP can help you learn better driving habits, helping prevent new violations in the future. DIP’s are held throughout the year, and are typically four to eight hour classes.

Let Doug T. Sachse Help You Improve Your Driving Record

At the Law Offices of Doug T. Sachse, we believe that foolish mistakes shouldn’t ruin your driving record. We are ready to fight for your rights in court, and help you on the road to a better driving record. If you have been given a ticket for a driving violation, do not face traffic court alone—contact us today for a free consultation!

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