Violating Missouri driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Missouri Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle & Driver License Division (MVDL) uses a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record if you receive a traffic ticket for moving violations.
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MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like careless driving, driving over curb, erratic speeding each carry two points. Eight-point offences include driving under the influence of drugs or driving while intoxicated. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:
Driving under minimum speed limit: 2 points
Exceeding the speed limit by County or Municipal Ordinance Violation:2 points
Exceeding the speed limit by State Law Violation: 3 points
View the complete Point System Violation Description Table to learn about the number of points associated with each type of moving violation.
You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:
- You will have your license suspended if you accumulate 8 points or more on your current driving record within a period of 18 months. A warning notice will be mailed to you if you collect more than 4 points in a 12 month period.
- You will have your license revoked for a year, if you accumulate 12 points in 12 months, 18 points in 24 months, or 24 points in 36 months.
- Accumulating points on your driving license is also likely to increase your auto insurance rates. See our auto insurance section for more information about obtaining quality car insurance at competitive rates.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The Missouri MVC maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, there are a number of ways in which you can remove points from your current driving record.
- At the time of re-instatement of driving privileges, total points on the driving record are brought down to four points.
- If you remain violation or suspension-free for consecutive years after re-instatement, you can get additional deductions on your current driving record. After 1 year, remaining points are reduced by one-third, after 2 years, they are reduced by half and after 3 years, they are brought down to zero. Some convictions, however, may remain on the record, even though points are taken off.
- Taking a Defensive Driving Course may qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates.
HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.