The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. The Driver and Vehicle Services portion of PennDOT adds points to your driving record of any PA driver when he or she is found guilty of certain moving violations.
Whether your points are due to a speeding ticket conviction or for failing to stop at a stop sign they will come off at the same point of time in Pennsylvania. In PA you can get three (3) points removed from your motor vehicle record (MVR) every twelve (12) months if you meet certain conditions. To get 3 points to fall off your total points total in Pennsylvania you need to go 12 consecutive months from the date of your last violation without obtaining a moving violation conviction which has points associated. You also have to not be convicted of anything that leads to a license suspension or revocation during the 12 month period.
If you can go the 12 consecutive months without a driver's license suspension or revocation or being convicted of a points related traffic offense you can get 3 points to be removed from your PA driving record. Depending upon how many points you have on your MVR they may be on there only 12 months or if you have more than 3 points or are not able to meet the requirements to get points removed they will remain on there until you can keep meet the eligibility to remove 3 points or you get 6 or more points and PennDOT will take actions against you in which place points are normally removed when you comply with their requirements.
The purpose of the PA point system is to help improve driving habits and ensure safe driving so PennDOT begins to take corrective actions when you accumulate a certain amount of points. When a person's driving record reaches 6 or more points is when the state takes action against you. When a person's record reaches 6 points for the first time they will be required to attend an approved driver improvement school. Upon completing the school, 2 points will be removed from the person's record. If you reach 6 points again then you will have to attend a hearing and there it may be decided for you to take an exam again, if you do and pass 2 points again will be deducted. Reaching 6 or more points for a third time normally results in the suspension of your license.
In PA once a driving record is reduced to zero and remains at zero points for 12 consecutive months, any further accumulation of points is treated as the first accumulation of points.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Point System list the points for exceeding the speed limit are as follows:
- 6 to 10 over the posted speed is 2 points
- 11 to 15 over the posted speed is 3 points
- 16 to 25 over the posted speed is 4 points
- 26 to 30 over the posted speed is 5 points
- 31 and above over the posted speed is 5 points and you must attend a departmental hearing because of your excessive speeding.
You should be able to tell from this list what points you have been assigned on your MVR based on the rate of speed you were convicted of in PA. You may also be wondering about how long a violation, such as speeding, stays on your driving record. According to the PennDOT violations are not removed from your driving record. However, if someone requests your driver history, a traffic offense will only appear if the violation occurred during the time frame of the driver record requested. PennDOT issues a 3-year, 10-year and certified record (entire history).
Your car insurance company looks at the violation that is on your driving record, speeding in your case, to rate you on and not your points total with PennDOT. If you had only a minor speeding ticket of say 6 - 10 mph over the limit it may not affect your rates, or you may just loose a good driver discount. If you have other violations on your driving record or multiple speeding offenses showing on your MVR then your rates are likely to go up. It will depend upon the rating system of your PA auto insurance company how long the rates will stay up but likely it will be for 3 years.
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