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I received 2 tickets on a Michigan highway for going 0-5 over. The officer said it will not show up on my Illinois drivers record so I paid the fines. I now got a warning from the state of Illinois. Why?


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The officer in Michigan was incorrect that your speeding tickets there would not go on your Illinois driving record and so it appears you are being warned by your home state that you are getting close to a license suspension.

While Michigan is not part of the Driver License Compact that requires member states to report back to a driver's home licensing state moving violation convictions, the state still does share information with other states, such as Illinois. So the MI courts informed the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) when you paid the speeding tickets and thus were convicted of those moving violations. The SOS then put the violations on your IL driving record.

Illinois have a unique way of handling their points system, it goes by the amount of moving violations you have been convicted of and once you reach a certain number of convictions they can then assign points from their point schedule to determine how long your driver's license suspension will be for.

The Illinois driver's handbook notes that your driver's license will be suspended if you are convicted of three traffic violations committed within any 12 month (1 year) period. If you are under age 21 two traffic violations within any 24 month (2 year) period will result in a suspension.

If you are under age 18, you will be required to successfully complete a driver remedial education course to make your driving privileges valid again. In addition, you may be required to submit to a complete driver's license examination to be re-issued a driver's license.

It would appear that you are over 21 or your license would have been suspended already for 2 traffic violations. So it seems that the IL SOS is sending you a warning saying that if you get one more traffic violation within the 12 month period (that started when you received your first Michigan speeding ticket) then you will get a driver's license suspension.

The SOS says the length of license suspension varies according to the seriousness of the traffic offenses. This is where points come in since the major offenses come with higher points totals. Section 1420.2 of Chapter II under Article 92 of the Illinois Administrative Code gives the list of what points are for various offenses when the SOS would go to look them up and determine a person's suspension period.

Illinois' unique way of using points would explain their also unusual points system that ranges from 5 points for something such as driving below the minimum speed limit up to 50 points for driving 25 MPH or more over the speed limit. For speeding 0 - 10 MPH above the limit it is 5 points so with 2 tickets for this violation you now should basically have 10 points counting against you.

From what we have found if you are a first time offender for suspension/revocation purposes the penalties are:

  • 0 to 14 points―no action
  • 15 to 44 points―2-month suspension
  • 45 to 74 points―3-month suspension
  • 75 to 89 points―6-month suspension
  • 90 to 99 points―9-month suspension
  • 100 to 109 points―12-month suspension
  • 110 or more points―12-month revocation

If you are considered a repeat offender, meaning you have had a driver's license suspension or revocation in the past 7 years, the penalties are:

  • 0 to 14 points―no action
  • 15 to 44 points―4-month suspension
  • 45 to 74 points―6-month suspension
  • 75 to 109 points―12-month suspension
  • 110 or more points―12-month revocation

The MI traffic violations will stay on you Illinois motor vehicle record, for five years. During this time your car insurance company can see those speeding offenses and rate you on them. Typically an insurer will only rate you on minor traffic violations for 3 years though.

Get instant car insurance quotes for Illinois here with CarInsurance.com. No matter how many violations or points you have on your driving record we can help you find affordable auto insurance.


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