Your driving record contains valuable information about your experience and behavior while operating a motor vehicle in Florida. As required by law, a record of certain actions you do or do not take will remain in place for a designated number of years.
While local authorities assess your driving record, certain employers also request a copy of your driving record if your job requires you to operate machinery or company vehicles.
Your actions while driving influence the number of points you accumulate on your record. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, you can rack up points by speeding, ignoring school zone signals, driving recklessly and failing to yield. Points are also given if you do not properly restrain your children or you do not give the right of way to a pedestrian.
How frequently you accumulate points in a certain time period determines whether or not you receive a license suspension. If your behavior results in a suspension, it could last anywhere from one month up to a year.
Content of your driving record
How long the points you have accumulated remain on your record depends on the offense. The more serious an offense is, the longer it will remain on your record. Drunk driving, for example, can remain on your record for up to 75 years after the initial offense. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says that in addition to points you have, your record also reflects information about your driving experience and driver education courses you have completed. General information about your driver’s license is also included in your record.