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What does a speeding ticket mean for your license in WA?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Traffic Tickets |

When you’re in a rush, you may not think about how fast you’re driving. You simply want to get where you’re going as quickly as you can.

Unfortunately, that kind of rush can lead to problems like being pulled over for speeding.

Washington is interesting because it doesn’t have a driver license point system. You won’t get points on your license for a speeding ticket, which may make you think that it won’t have much of an influence on you. In truth, though, speeding tickets can result in the loss of your license.

Receiving too many traffic tickets

When you get too many speeding tickets or other moving violations, you could lose your license. Usually, you will get a warning letter first, and then any subsequent violation will lead to a suspension of your license.

How many violations do you need before your license will be suspended?

Usually, you can get up to six violations within a 12-month period before your license will be suspended. If you get seven traffic violations with 24 months, your license can be suspended as well. So, if you get five violations this year and two next year, you could end up with a license suspension even if you’ve tried to improve your driving skills.

How long does a license suspension last?

The initial license suspension will last for 60 days. After that suspension, you will also be on probation for a year. If you get another violation while you’re on probation, then you could lose your license for another 30 days. After completing the suspension period, you will have to start over the probationary period once again.

Getting your license back can be costly

To get your license back, you have to pay a $75 fee as well as other licensing fees. You also need to have proof of insurance with an SR-22 form.

The cost of a ticket and license suspension can be much higher when you consider the increased cost of insurance and potential impact on your job or career. It’s worth fighting back against accusations of traffic violations, so you can, hopefully, avoid a conviction.