Washington does not use driver’s license points, but drivers may still have their license suspended for things like a DUI or reckless driving. Moving violations will still be reported on your driving record in Washington. Depending on the offense, you could face fines, license suspension, or even jail time. Additionally, your insurer will see your driving record and may increase your premiums due to the violations.
Violations That Can Lead to a Suspended License in Washington
Eluding a police officer
Driving without insurance
Hit and run
Fortunately, moving violations won’t affect you forever. Violations will stay on your Washington driving record for five years and will only affect your insurance rates for an average of three to five years. However, it is still important to know what is on your record so you can better understand how your driving history may be impacting your insurance premiums.
Washington does not use a license-points system to track driving offenses. In other words, you don’t have to worry about how long points will stay on your license in Washington because they won’t be added in the first place.
Even though Washington does not use license points, drivers can still face consequences if they commit serious or repeated moving violations. For example, drivers in Washington can have their license suspended if they are charged with six moving violations in 12 months or seven moving violations in 24 months. A policyholder’s driving history will also affect their insurance premiums in Washington, since insurance companies check driving records to determine how much risk a driver presents.… read full answer
You can’t get points off your license in Washington, since Washington does not use a driver’s license points system. You can still have your Washington license suspended if you are ticketed for six moving violations and/or accidents in 12 months, among other offenses, but Washington does not track violations using points.… read full answer
For more information about Washington’s system and to find out how to check your driving record, read WalletHub’s complete guide to driver’s license checks.
You can check your driving record in Washington by going to the Washington State Department of Licensing website and requesting a copy of your driving record. It costs $13 to purchase a copy of your Washington driving record online, and you will need to create an online account. Some states like Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio allow residents to check their driving record for free.… read full answer
How to Check Your Driving Record in Washington
Go to the Washington State Department of Licensing website.
Provide your personal information.
Pay any applicable fees.
Driving records are important for insurance purposes because car insurance companies charge higher premiums for customers with a history of violations or accidents. For instance, a single speeding ticket increases premiums by an average of 19% in Washington. Checking your driving record can help you verify that the information is correct.
It’s also a good idea to see when a violation occurred, because insurance companies generally look at the past three to five years of your driving record. Once insurance companies stop taking the violation into account, you should compare quotes again to be sure you’re still getting the best rate on the coverage you need.
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