Louisiana DMV Point System
There is no Louisiana demerit points program for drivers in the state. However, while no points on a license will be added for traffic violations in Louisiana, your driving record will still reflect any citations, tickets or other driving-related issues you have had. The driver’s license point system is used in other states and can affect your auto insurance rates, in addition to your general driving privileges.
While points will not affect you within the state, the Louisiana DMV does share information with other state DMVs, which may cause various problems for you in the future. For example, a move to another state that does use the system can mean that your driving record may be affected accordingly by your earlier driving violations in LA. Make sure you are aware of any violations or citations on your driving record and try to clear your record through traffic schools or other means if possible. Find out how below.
Moving Violation Penalties in Louisiana
There are many types of moving violations that drivers can commit in Louisiana. LA DUI penalties, also referred to as drunk driving penalties, can affect any licensed driver who is found to be operating a vehicle with a higher blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08. Minors with a BAC of 0.02 or higher will be charged accordingly. Any subsequent DUIs will further impact your driving record, and you will be charged progressively higher fines with harsher potential penalties as well.
Other moving violations might include reckless driving penalties, as well as basic traffic violations like the following:
- Careless operation of a vehicle
- Failure to yield
- Disregarding traffic control signs
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Failure to use a turn signal
You will be charged minimum predetermined fines for any of these types of moving violations, with additional fines if you have committed a combination of violations, whether those violations are moving or non-moving.
How to Fix a Driving Record in Louisiana
Finding out how to remove violations from a Louisiana driving record first requires you to obtain your official driving record from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. You can access this document online by paying the appropriate fee and printing the document at home. You will need to supply the following information:
- Your full legal name
- Driver’s license number
- Date of birth
- Secure payment
Your official driving record will show any traffic offenses you have on record, Including all traffic tickets and accidents up to the time of your record request.
If you have any DWIs or DUIs on your driving record as a minor, you will have to complete a driving safety course to try to get to reinstatement status if your license was suspended. This driver improvement course is required of any driver with a DWI violation who has an Intermediate License.
Disputing a Moving Violation Charge in Louisiana
Fighting a speeding ticket in Louisiana can only be done by contacting the Office of Motor Vehicles and requesting a hearing. In order to fight it or deal with any other citations or issues with your license and reinstating your driving privileges, you will have to call or go in person to a Motor Vehicle Reinstatement Office near you.