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I live in South Carolina and received a speeding ticket in California (71 in a 55 zone). Will South Carolina assess points against my driver's license?


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Yes, your home state of South Carolina will find out about the California speeding offense and assess you points if you are convicted of the ticket.

Your home state of South Carolina may be on the east coast and California may be on the west coast of the US but both states are still connected by an interstate reciprocal agreement called the Driver License Compact (DLC). This compact requires member states to notify a driver's licensing state if that person is convicted of a moving violation out of state.

If you pay the fine for the 16 mph over the limit ticket in California then the CA court should inform the SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the conviction who in turn will place the violation on your motor vehicle record. It is Title 56 of the Motor Vehicle Division of the SC Code of Law which says a conviction for an out of state violation that would also be considered a violation in South Carolina will be recorded against the driver's record in SC.

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The South Carolina DMV also says that out-of-state tickets will be assessed points if the state has an equivalent violation in their laws, which for speeding they of course do. In South Carolina it is:

  • 2 points for speeding not more than 10 mph over the limit
  • 4 points for speeding more than 10 mph over the limit but less than 25 mph over
  • 6 points for speeding more than 25 mph over the limit

Since the California speeding violation will show up on your South Carolina driving record if you pay the fine, and thus are convicted of the offense, your car insurance company could see it next time they pull your motor vehicle record. Depending upon your auto insurance company's rating system this out-of-state ticket may affect your rates.

If this is the only traffic violation on your driving record you may only lose a good driver discount but if you have other offenses already on your motor vehicle record then likely this one will cause your car insurance rates to increase.

If your rates go up due to this traffic ticket or you are just ready to shop around for cheaper insurance rates, come to CarInsurance.com. We offer multiple company insurance rates and the ability to purchase from one place; we are ahead of other online insurance companies. Start your free auto insurance quote here to see how companies compete for your business.


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