A speeding ticket will stay on your record for five years or less in most states. Some states require a speeding ticket to stay on your driving record for longer, but most insurance companies will still only take the last 3-5 years into consideration when calculating your premium.
For example, a speeding ticket in Hawaii will stick with you for 10 years, and in Montana it will be on your record forever. But having an old speeding ticket on your record won’t hurt you long-term. Once it’s beyond your insurer’s lookback period, it won’t affect your premium anymore.
It’s important to remember that every insurance company has its own polices on how far back it looks on customers’ driving records, so be sure to check with your insurer to know exactly how long your speeding ticket will affect your premium. If you previously qualified for a good driver discount, you can also ask how long it will be before you can requalify. For example, American Family Insurance requires you to have a clean record for five years before you can receive the discount.
Most insurance companies check your driving record for the past three to five years, meaning if you had a violation outside this time period, it will not affect your insurance premiums. Some states regulate this “look-back” period, however, making it longer or shorter. For example, Massachusetts allows insurance companies to look back at 10 years of driving records. Virginia limits insurers to checking only three years of history.… read full answer
When you apply for, or renew, your auto insurance, the insurance company will evaluate your risk level — how likely you are to cost them money through claims. The best way to do this is by reviewing your driving record. Insurers look for accident reports and both major and minor driving violations.
Minor violations include speeding, failure to stop, improper turns, following too closely, etc. These raise your risk in the eyes of an insurance company because they show you don’t obey traffic laws designed to prevent crashes. In most states, minor traffic violations can be seen on your record for only three years.
Speeding (at least 20 mph over the limit), reckless driving, impaired driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and vehicular manslaughter are examples of major driving violations. They stay on your record longer. In Florida, for example, causing an accident while under the influence stays on your record for 75 years, basically your lifetime. Insurance companies count serious violations and at-fault accidents heavily in setting premiums.
Once the blemishes on your record are older than the look-back period, however, they are no longer a factor in setting your rates. For example, if your insurance company has a look-back period of five years, an accident you had in 2014 would stop affecting your rates in 2019. Your insurance rates should decrease at your next renewal as a result.
Progressive looks back at three years of your driving record while calculating premiums. So if you are getting a quote from Progressive and have a moving violation from four years ago, it will not affect your base rate. However, even after three years, an accident or DUI could disqualify you from certain savings, like a good driver discount.… read full answer
In California, for example, a DUI will remain on-record for 10 years, while in Florida it stays for 75 years. Similarly, an accident will stay on your Progressive record for five years, although it will only affect discounts, not your base premium, after three years.
Like with any insurance company, drivers with more violations on their record will be considered higher risk by Progressive and will pay a higher premium as a result. Similarly, Progressive will also take other factors into account when deciding on your rate, such as your location, your age, and your vehicle’s value.
The cost of car insurance will go up at least 20% after most types of tickets. Exactly how much your rate will increase depends on the seriousness of the violation, your insurance company, your prior claims and driving history, your age and location, and other factors. For example, insurance goes up roughly 30% after a ticket for spending 30+ MPH over the speed limit, while a ticket for lower levels of speeding will cause rates to go up by about 20%.… read full answer
Most tickets will affect your rate for three to five years, but it depends on the seriousness of the infraction and state laws. Driving drunk can impact your rates for more than 10 years, for example. In Florida, DUIs stay on your record for 75 years. And states like Indiana, Kentucky, and Minnesota treat seatbelt violations like parking tickets, which affect rates for less time than a moving violation. The amount of time a ticket will affect your insurance rate is very dependent on the laws where you live.
How Traffic Tickets Affect Insurance
Average Premium Increase
DUI/DWI (first offense)
Speeding (30+ MPH over)
Speeding (16-29 MPH over)
Speeding (1-15 MPH over)
Failure to yield
Failure to stop
It’s also worth noting that traffic tickets might cause some drivers to lose valuable safe-driver discounts, which would affect rates even longer and more dramatically. Let’s say your annual premium is $1,500 and your save driver discount is 25%, bringing the price down to $1,125. But you got a speeding ticket, increasing your premium by 20% and eliminating your safe driver discount. Now you’re paying $1,800 per year—full price plus 20%, costing you $675 more than you were paying before the ticket.
After three years, the speeding ticket might fall off your record, allowing your rates to go back down to full price. But you’ll probably have to wait another two years to earn back your safe driver status since most insurance companies look back five years for eligibility.
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