Will a traffic ticket for not wearing a seatbelt appear on my driving record?

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Seat Belt Laws and Your Driving Record

The answer depends on your place of residence. Each state governs differently on seat belts. Some states classify seat belt violations as non-moving offenses, resulting in a traffic ticket with a fine, while other states view infractions involving seatbelts as moving violations, resulting in points that appear on driving records.

In New Mexico, for instance, two points are assessed for each child restraint ticket. If more than seven points are accumulated over a 12-month span for child restraint violations, the drivers license will be suspended for three months. In Idaho, however, a seatbelt citation carries only a $10 fine.  

To help sort out the seat belt law in your state, contact your local DMV. Or, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website.

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