What effect does a DUI have on my driving record in California?

Beginning January 1, 2007, a new legislation extended the reporting period for DUI offenses from 7 to 10 years for all public requestors, including insurance companies. It means that if you receive a DUI, it will now appear on your driving record and will remain there until 10 years from violation date. So for instance, if you receive a DUI in February 2002, it will now appear on your driving record and remain there until February 2012.

In addition, the new law allows insurance companies access to the driving record information to determine a customer’s eligibility for a good driver discount. Based on the new laws, drivers with a DUI violation occurring within the past 10 years are not entitled to receive a good driver discount.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles stated that most violations designated as two points will be reported for 10 years from the violation date. All other convictions of traffic violations will be reported for 3 years from violation date. Again this is violation date and not the date of the conviction.
The exceptions are violations occurring in a commercial vehicle, which are the basis for an action under Vehicle Code (VC) 15300a, 15300b, 15302, 15304, and 15306, which will be reported for 55 years from the conviction date.

If you are being charged with DUI, you can challenge the charges by requesting a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension of your license and/or by arguing your case in court. If you decide to challenge your DUI charges, or if you need other assistance in coping with these serious criminal charges, you need an experienced California lawyer who can help you to understand your options.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you need legal advice, please call 619-330-5881 or fill out the form above for a free, no-obligation consultation.