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I have a Colorado driver's license and recently received a speeding ticket for 74 in a 65 in Wyoming. Does WY have a process for requesting a speeding ticket be reduced to a non-moving violation for a first time offense?


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In Wyoming it is up to the court in which your ticket needs to be responded to if they will work with you to reduce or even dismiss your speeding ticket for 9 over the limit.

Courts in Wyoming may work with you to try and reduce your ticket to a non-moving violation, but you would have to speak to the clerk of the court to find out what options are available to you and perhaps even speak with the prosecutor assigned to your case.

While a traffic school is not typically an option given by traffic courts in Wyoming, we have had motorists say to us that some judges will reduce the cost of a ticket or the violation or even dismiss the ticket altogether if you successfully complete an approved traffic school. It can be worth the effort of contacting the WY court listed on your citation to see if the court or judge in your case allows traffic school as a way to reduce or dismiss your ticket, especially if you can show you previously had a clean driving record.

If you find that you cannot get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation or dismissed completely you may still be in luck to keep it off your motor vehicle record (MVR) since you are from Colorado.

Wyoming and your home state of Colorado are part of the Driver License Compact (DLC) which means that if you are convicted of a moving violation, such as speeding, in WY their courts will report to the CO Division of Motor Vehicles this information. Colorado law (CRS 24-60-1101) says the report needs to include a description of the violation as well as what action was taken.

Where your luck comes in is that for minor out-of-state traffic violations the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not take action. The CO DMV told us if you do not have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and just carry a regular Colorado driver license, then as long as you pay an out-of- state citation it will not go onto your Colorado driver's record. Since it will not go on your Colorado driving record it will not be assigned points either.

If you have a CDL or if you are convicted out-of-state of a major offense, such as a DUI then the violation will go on your Colorado MVR. Beyond the offense going on the driving record, when a CO driver has a conviction for serious traffic offense in another state, Colorado regards the violation as if it happened in state and the driver will incur penalties, such as a license suspension.

If your goal is to keep the Wyoming speeding violation off your Colorado driving record then you should be able to do so even if you end up paying the citation and are convicted of it in WY since the CO DMV will not place it on your home driving record. If it does not get put on your Colorado MVR then your car insurance company will not see it to rate you on either.

When shopping for auto insurance in Colorado let CarInsurance.com help you get quick quotes. Even if in the future you have violations on your driving record we can help you check car insurance prices and find you the best car insurance for your situation.


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