How far back do driving records go?

While the answer varies from state-to-state, you can expect moving violations to remain on your driving record for at least three years, while a serious offense like a DUI will be on your record for seven to ten years in most states and situations, and can be a permanent mark on your record in the most serious cases.

In California, a moving violation or accident will stay on your record for three years, while a DUI will be on it for ten. In Florida, all point-garnering offenses will remain on your record for ten years, although the points will only count against you for three, and DUIs and other serious offenses will stay on your record for 75 years.

Regardless of how complete your record is, in most states insurance companies cannot look at your record beyond the last five years, in some cases, three. You may wish to verify this with the insurance-governing body in your specific state.

Remember that if you are curious about your driving record, you can always order a copy for yourself. You can do this from the DMV but it can be more time consuming than you might like. Fortunately, it’s easy to obtain a copy of your driving record by ordering it online. Remember to try to get as complete a record as possible. A seven year record may cost a little more than a three year record but it’s worth it to be completely sure where you stand with the DMV.

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