Up to Five Years
Video Transcribed: How long do traffic ticket points stay on your record in Oklahoma? I’m Tulsa Traffic Ticket Attorney, James Wirth and we’re talking about the Department of Public Safety and its system for assessing points for traffic convictions, and that is reported to insurance companies, can increase your rates of insurance when they request that information, and can result in the loss of your driver’s license. But how long do those points stay on your record? And the answer is up to five years.
Let me read what is in the code and this comes from the Department of Public Safety Administrative Code. It is not from Oklahoma law, not from Oklahoma statute. It’s from the administrative code and you can find it at 595:10-7-3 and it provides, points will be assessed only for those convictions which occurred during the previous five years using the system set forth in these regulations.
So only assess for convictions during the previous five years, but I said up to five years. So why do I say up to five years? Because they don’t have to stand for five years under the right circumstance and for that, we go to another part in the administrative code, and that is 595:10-7-10. And what those notes are that a couple of different ways to get them off your record.
First off, if you go 12 months without any convictions on traffic offenses after you have points, just for doing that, going 12 months without any problems, that results in the removal of two points; you get credited two points.
Additionally, if you go three years without any traffic convictions, then after that three years, that results in removing all of your points. So you can have a clean record in as quickly as three years, even though otherwise the points could stay on for up to five years.
Lastly, you can do a defensive driving course and by completing that, sending that into DPS, they will remove two points on your license and you can do that once every two years.
So how long do points stay on your record? It’s kind of up to you in some sense. They can be up there for up to five years but at any point, you can do defensive driving, get two points taken off and you can do that again after an additional two years and simply by not getting any additional points for a period of 12 months, you can have two points removed and if you go three years without any traffic violation convictions, then you go back to having zero points.
So hopefully that answers your questions regarding how long points are on your record. If you have any additional questions regarding the point system, how to handle a traffic ticket to avoid points, or to get points removed, you’re going to want to talk to an attorney specifically about your circumstances, confidentially. If you are facing a traffic violation in Oklahoma, you can go online to makelaweasy.com.