What states keep driving record information the longest?

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State Variance in Driving Records

Although there is some variance by state in terms of how long information stays on your driving record, the statutes of limitations in each state is pretty consistent. 

  • Expect minor infractions like moving violations to remain on your record for three years.
  • Serious convictions like DUIs will remain for up to ten years.

Driving records are maintained by each individual state, but like so many other state laws, uniformity among states has largely been achieved.  If you are a licensed driver in any state in the country, your driving record contains a complete driving history, including DUI, DWI, hit and run, reckless driving, accidents, moving violations, suspensions and revocations, among others.  The length of time a violation appears on your driving record varies by violation and by state, yet three years is common for minor infractions like failing to stop at a stop sign, 5 to 7 years for more serious infractions like speeding, and 10 years or more for felonies like hit and run.


You can check to see what the specific statutes of limitations are for your state. This information is usually listed on the state's motor vehicle website or in the state legislature.

Order a Record

You can also order your driving record online to find out what information is currently on your driving record and when you can expect it to clear.

Sometimes, the state will allow you to take a traffic school course or driver's ed course to get points off your record. This can help you with insurance.

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