Hayward, CA asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for California

Q: Points off driving record

I'm trying to figure out when do points "fall off the record", when does the time starts counting, from the time a person is convicted or from the time the citation was issued? Thank you

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
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A: In California, points on a driving record are accumulated when a person is convicted of certain traffic violations. The number of points assessed for each violation can vary, but generally range from 1 to 2 points for minor infractions, up to 3 to 4 points for more serious offenses.

Points on a driving record in California will stay on the record for 3 years from the date of the conviction, not the date the citation was issued. This means that the points will remain on the record for 3 years from the date the court enters the conviction, which may be several weeks or months after the date of the citation.

It's also important to note that points on a driving record can have consequences, such as increased insurance rates and potentially even a license suspension if too many points are accumulated within a certain period of time. It's always a good idea to drive safely and obey traffic laws to avoid accumulating points on your driving record.

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