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How to Clean Up Your Driving Record with PennDOT

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Dec 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Getting a traffic ticket can be a frustrating and costly experience. Not only do you have to pay a fine, but the ticket can also go on your driving record and make it more expensive to insure your car. If you have multiple traffic tickets on your record, it could even make it difficult to find a job.

If you want to clean up your driving record, there are a few things you can do. One option is to wait for the tickets to fall off over time. However, this can take several years, depending on the state where you live. Another option is to get the tickets expunged from your record.

Expungement is a legal process that removes certain criminal records from public view. In some states, you can also have traffic tickets expunged. However, there are certain requirements that you must meet to be eligible for expungement.

Eligibility for Traffic Ticket Expungement

The eligibility requirements for traffic ticket expungement vary from state to state. However, there are some general requirements that apply to most states. For example, you must typically have paid all fines and court costs associated with the tickets. You may also have to wait a certain period of time after the tickets were issued before you can file for expungement.

In some states, you may also be eligible for expungement if you were found not guilty of the traffic violations or if the charges were dismissed. Additionally, some states allow you to have traffic tickets expunged if you have completed a traffic safety course or community service program.

How to File for Traffic Ticket Expungement

If you are eligible for traffic ticket expungement, you will need to file a petition with the court. The petition will typically ask you to provide information about your traffic record and the specific tickets that you want to have expunged. You may also need to provide fingerprints and a copy of your driving record.

Once you have filed the petition, the court will schedule a hearing. At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to argue why your traffic tickets should be expunged. The court will then decide whether or not to grant your petition.

Benefits of Traffic Ticket Expungement

There are several benefits to having your traffic tickets expunged. First, it can make it cheaper to insure your car. Insurance companies use your driving record to calculate your rates, so having fewer traffic tickets on your record can save you money.

Second, expungement can make it easier to find a job. Many employers do background checks on potential employees, and having traffic tickets on your record can hurt your chances of getting hired. If your traffic tickets have been expunged, they will not show up on background checks.

Finally, expungement can give you a fresh start. If you have made mistakes in the past, expungement can help you put those mistakes behind you.

Tips for Getting Your Traffic Tickets Expunged

If you are considering filing for traffic ticket expungement, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success. First, make sure that you are eligible for expungement. You can check with your state's court system to find out the eligibility requirements.

Second, gather all of the necessary paperwork before you file your petition. This may include copies of your driving record, copies of the traffic tickets, and proof that you have paid all fines and court costs.

Third, be prepared to argue your case at the hearing. Be prepared to explain to the court why you want your traffic tickets expunged and why you deserve a fresh start.

Hiring a Traffic Ticket Lawyer

If you are not sure how to file for traffic ticket expungement or if you are concerned about your chances of success, you may want to hire a traffic ticket lawyer. A traffic ticket lawyer can help you gather the necessary paperwork, file the petition, and argue your case at the hearing.


Getting your driving record cleaned up can be a difficult process, but it is possible. If you have traffic tickets on your record that you want to have expunged, you should consider filing a petition with the court. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...


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