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  • Point Reduction in Utah

    A guilty plea for moving traffic violations will likely get you added points on your driving record. If you accumulate more than 200 points in three years, the state could suspend you driver’s license. For those Utah drivers who are younger than 21 years old, 70 points is your limit before facing suspended driving privileges.

    The good news is the state offers three ways to reduce your driving record points. Keep reading to find out more.

    Determine Your “Course” of Action

    The three ways to clean up your driving record include:

    • Completing an approved defensive driving course* once every three years. This will remove 50 points from your driving record.
    • Driving for one year without being convicted of a moving traffic violation. This will knock off half of your points.
    • Driving for two years without being convicted of a moving traffic violation. This clears your driving record of all points

    *Many states require drivers to take defensive driving only after getting a ticket to have points removed or a traffic ticket dismissed. But in Utah, you have the option to take this course any time. Plus you can retake the course every three years to continually remove 50 points from your record.

    Complete a Defensive Driving Course

    Taking a defensive driving course is the quickest way take points off your driving record. But not just any class will do. You must find a course that is either established or approved by the Utah government and court jurisdiction. Simply inquire with the court handling your traffic ticket for a list of approved defensive driving course and traffic school programs.

    You don’t need the court to give you consent to take the course; you just need to ensure the course you sign up for will count toward point reduction. Once you complete this state-approved defensive driving class, you’ll receive a completion certificate. Inquire with your course provider on whether it will also give you one to submit to your auto insurance company for a potential discount on your car insurance rate.

    Submit Requirements to the Court

    Not all courts handle point reduction the same. Most likely, you’ll submit your completion certificate to the court if the course provider doesn’t automatically pass it on once you pass. Check with your local court to ensure you follow proper procedure.

    Check Your Utah Driving Record

    Once the court processes your UT traffic ticket or after you’ve completed a defensive driving course, check your driving record to be certain the state’s record reflects the accurate number of points associated with your driver’s license. Even if you haven’t been pulled over in a while, it’s a good idea to periodically check your driving record for accuracy. It could mean the difference between a suspended driver’s license and freedom to drive on Utah’s open roads.

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    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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    Get an Auto Insurance Discount

    Your last course of action following a traffic ticket and/or completing a defensive driving course is to inquire about auto insurance discounts. Contact your car insurance company to determine whether the traffic ticket will increase your rates and if course completion will cut down your auto insurance premium. It might be worth it to compare car insurance rates online to find the best deal.

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