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Louisiana Traffic Violations and Penalties
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) keeps track of the status of your driver's license, the types of traffic offenses you've committed, and the number of offenses you've committed. Too many minor traffic offenses and some major traffic offenses can lead to driver's license suspensions, reinstatement fees, driver improvement courses, and fines.
Additionally, traffic offenses can lead to increased car insurance premiums, and many drivers don't need the extra burden of a more expensive car insurance policy. If your car insurance policy has increased after receiving a traffic ticket or driver's license suspension, you should consider contacting your car insurance provider for information about the possibility of earning a discount through completing traffic school or a defensive driving course.
Actions against your Louisiana driver's license and fines associated with traffic tickets are designed to instill better driving habits and curtail future traffic violations. If you find yourself committing traffic violations frequently, you may want to enroll in a voluntary defensive driving course or traffic school. Even if you are not eligible to earn a car insurance discount or satisfy a Louisiana traffic court requirement, a defensive driving course is a great way to:
- Refresh your knowledge of traffic laws and violations.
- Gain some safe driving tips.
- Learn how to practice and improve your good driving behaviors.
Louisiana doesn't have a state-based point system, but it is a participant of the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).
The PDPS is a component of the National Driver Register (NDR). It acts as a bank of information regarding driver's license histories from all states, including any:
Your PDPS also includes basic identification information such as your name, date of birth, sex, and Louisiana driver's license number. Louisiana uses this information to determine whether or not a person can be licensed in Louisiana.
However, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) can choose to take action against your driving record if you commit too many traffic offenses, both inside and outside Louisiana.
For specific information about your driver's license or the circumstances of your traffic offense, please contact the traffic court handling your case or the Louisiana OMV.
So, you've been caught speeding too many times or you've ran the stop sign at the end of your street for the third time this week. It can happen to anyone. However, minor traffic offenses, whether they're an accident or a result of careless driving, can lead to accidents and bad driving habits down the road. That's why an excess number of minor traffic offenses will generally lead to a driver's license suspension or other penalties.
If you need or want to check the status of your Louisiana driver’s license, you can read about ordering a driving record report.
Your Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) driving record will typically show you:
- Whether your LA driver's license is valid, suspended, revoked, or cancelled.
- The types of traffic offenses you've committed.
- The number of traffic offenses you've committed.
- Any pending actions against your driver's license.
If you have questions about your driving record, please contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).Other Topics in This Section