Does an out of state speeding ticket go on my driving record?

Whether an out-of-state speeding ticket will make it onto your driving record is a very good question. The answer is not a simple one. While it might seem like your best solution is to ignore the ticket, you should always pay your speeding ticket fines. The reason for doing so is straightforward – if you do not, then you can be arrested. If you are ever passing through that state again and you are pulled over for an sort of infraction, you can be arrested if you have an outstanding speeding ticket on file. Therefore paying for your speeding tickets is always a good idea.

Whether that ticket will show up on your driving record, thereby impacting your insurance rates really depends on the state in which you live. Most states have signed compacts with each other requiring speeding ticket information to be forwarded to the recipient’s home state. The home state will then charge the recipient for the fines when they go to renew their driving license. However, the frequency and the regularity with which home states enforce such rules can vary. In general states’ do not have this kind of “reciprocity” with every state in the nation. They will have such arrangements with the state neighboring them.

While there is the possibility that you might get away with a speeding ticket in a neighboring state not showing up on your driving record, there is a greater chance that it will make it onto your record and that your insurance rates will increase as a result. In fact, insurance companies gather information from every where in order to keep their records up-to-date. However, most states will not release ticket information unless the infraction has been paid. So, you can technically hide your speeding tickets in another state from your insurance provider by not paying them but it is a risky alternative because if you do ever pass through that state again and get caught for with an unpaid speeding ticket, then you are likely to be arrested and thrown in jail until you pay for the fine. When you insurance company finds out about that, then you can expect to either lose your insurance coverage altogether or have your rates go through the roof.

So, if you do not think that you will ever drive through a particular state again, then you might take the chance and not pay for the speeding ticket. However, if you drive through that state regularly, then it is best to pay for the ticket. You should also consider taking an online traffic school in order to remove the violation from your driving record. Be sure to use Traffic101 coupons or GoToTrafficSchool coupons to save even more on your online traffic school. Remember that small towns and municipalities realize that many out-of-towners will simply ignore the speeding tickets they receive and so they direct them to the nearest patrol office so that you can pay the fine immediately – and often they will follow you there to make sure that you do.


Traffic Tickets   |  May 14th, 2010    | 


12 Responses to “Does an out of state speeding ticket go on my driving record?”

  1. I was pulled over and got a speeding ticket in NY. I will pay it! I just wanted to know if those points will roll over onto my VT driving record??

  2. All states are connected in the squad car now. Any tickets you got and paid for will show in the squad car for every state in the country,even soon to be other countries. This is a result of the state dot commissioners lobbying the law writers in Washington to make it so. They are also responsible for pushing real I.D. through. Get a ticket in Mexico,Shows on the squad computer.They have no expiration either,get a ticket 70 years ago and they are all there! Welcome to the Facist country of the U.S.S. “oops I meen U.S.A.”

  3. i got a ticket in georgia and if i didnt pay it would it hurt my license in indiana

  4. I just got a speeding ticket in vermont and got two points will it combine with my points in nh??

  5. I was pulled over and got a speeding ticket in VA and I live in CA. Got a ticket 10 miles over the speed limit. 80 out 70 mph.

    So, I don’t know if I ignore the ticket or I should pay it and also not sure if goes on my record or not. I have court date but I don’t think I can fly out to VA in order to defend myself and drop the ticket.

    @ Joe Schmoh, You right “Welcome to the Facist country of the U.S.S. ‘oops I meen U.S.A.’ “

  6. I have found through experience that something minor like a traffic violation will not follow u to another state. A felony and sometimes gross misdemeanors will. I’ve even had a bench warrent out for me in another state due to an unpaid ticket. I paid it about 2 years ago, the fine happened 10 years before that and the judge still remembered me due to the unusual circumstance of my fine. It never showed up in the state I lived in. I have one in another state and that hasn’t showen either. Most states don’t have the time nor the money to care about what u did in another state unless its a felony. And if the other state is making the money on your fine but it is costing them. Why would they pursue it anyway.

  7. Moe,

    80 is Reckless Driving in Virginia, it is no joke (A misdemeanor if convicted). I got one in the fall and hired a lawyer for like $125 to go to court for me. He had it knocked down to mechanical equipment failure, 0 points off my driving record. It’s worth it.

    Good luck!

  8. Moe- I also live in CA. This summer while traveling cross country for work I received 2 speeding tickets, 1 in VA, and 1 in OH. My insurance policy just went up $150/month for the next 3 years. Combine that with the $600 I had to pay in ticket costs. This fiasco will cost me nearly $6000. My advice would be, (and I sure as shit wish I would have done this) pony up for a local lawyer to go to court for you.

  9. Yea, Virginia is no joke. Got pulled over yesterday in a UHaul truck with two cars in front of me and a tractor trailer behind me doing 78 in a 70 in Smith or Smyth County. Deputy was a prick. He had a huge dip in his mouth and it was all over his teeth. I am in my third year in a Criminal Justice major and told him, in a very polite manor, that it was very unprofessional for him to approach me like that. He had asked me how fast I was going in which I replied, “78 MPH”. He said, “Yup, Ya sure was”. $109 later. $61 fees and $48 worth of fines.

    I am in the tail end of an employment process with a city in Kentucky for a Police Officer posititon. All I have to pass is my physical. I need some advice. Should I pay it? Should I take the online speeding course? Should I call somebody?

    Thanks Guys!

  10. I received a speeding ticket violation,I was travelling to california from texas.When I moved to california I took the traffic school class ,paid the fine and provided the court with the driving record.Now since my due date has been passed the court has replied me that the traffic safety course in no good as it should be in state texas or online.

    What should I do in this regards.

    I have another court fine and the ticket is not getting dismissed.What should be done in this regard .?

    Guys ,Please let me know.

    Thanks

  11. Kelly,

    I got pulled over for a ticket in Smyth County also just like Dan with 85 in a 70. I am wanting to go to court, but I need an affordable lawyer. I was wondering if you could post your lawyer’s contact information. I would greatly appreciate it!

  12. Can anyone recommend a good traffic lawyer for me in Virginia. I’m from MD and got a speeding ticket yesterday in a city called Hanover. I was going 80 in a 70 mph location. Thanks in advance. I’m scared to death. First speeding ticket!!!

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