In my last blog “Don’t Plead Guilty” I briefly explained how one can lose their driving privilege. The information provided within discussed how points are assessed against one’s driving record. This article will inform the reader how to read your Missouri Driver’s Record. This article is also likely to help you read any other state driver’s record with similar information.
Every driver, even the unlicensed driver, has a driving record. Some of my clients have never had a license and still have points assessed against their record. The state will “create” a quasi license number for those who have never had a license. How? The state uses identification information (Ssn/dob/address) in order to charge and convict you of a traffic infraction.
You can retain your driving record by calling the Missouri Department of Revenue. It is likely that an agent will explain the information on your record to you, however knowledge is only power when it belongs to YOU!
On the example driving record you can see (from right to left)the:
- date; which informs of when the charge became a conviction
- points (pts); number of points the conviction put on your record
- conviction/action taken against the driver; this sections tells you what the ticket was for or what action the state took against your driver’s license
- status of the charge or action;this is very important! An ACTIVE status means you still have to go to court in order to either get the tickets amended or plead guilty. If you plead guilty the conviction will take place. You may also see “reinstated” or “terminated” these statuses usually mean that your driving Priviledge was suspended and it was reinstated or the suspension was terminated.
- conviction date; the date your plead guilty or payed the ticket
- violation date; the date you received the charge or got the ticket
- case; the case number
- UTT (ticket number); the identifying ticket number
- the agency or court that issued the charge; this is also very important! This indicates which court your ticket is in. Which may lead to the court in which you need a compliance letter to get your license reinstated, or a guilty plea set aside.
- the date for eligibility of reinstatement and; if your license has been suspended this date indicated when it can be reinstated
- the last time that particular charge was updated.
You can use this information for a number of reasons. In my practice, I use this record to check how many points my client has before they are suspended, check which courts my clients have warrants in (instate failure to appear sus), see what the license is suspended for, and remove points from the record. The Prosecutor will also use your driving record to measure your penalty. For instance, a driver with two speeding tickets over ten years will likely receiver the lowest penalty. However, a driver with a record like the one dejected will likely make a plea for a two year suspended imposition of sentence probation.
Contact a lawyer to help you keep your driving privilege in good standing!