How long does a DUI typically stay on a driving record?

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A DUI conviction will remain on your motor vehicle driving record for up to ten years for a first offense. Additionally, if you don’t show up in court for a DUI hearing, your failure to appear status can remain on your driving record for up to five years.

Depending on your state’s policies, a DUI may be buried on your driving record if you have taken classes and effectively rehabilitated. However, most states have a mandated period of time before a DUI can be removed from your public driving record, which is often available to both employers and insurers. If you have been convicted of DUI within the last ten to fifteen years, you should check your driving records online to be sure they reflect the correct timelines or to make sure your DUI charge has dropped off your record.

If you have been convicted of multiple DUIs, your license may be revoked; this will be shown on your driving record until you are reissued a license. Regardless of whether you do or do not reapply for a license, your DMV record will still remain intact and the conviction will continue to appear.

Even after your revoked or suspended license is reinstated, a DUI will remain on your record based on the statutes and regulations of your state; however, after a certain period of time, this information will not be viewable by insurers or employers.

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