Traffic Violations in Louisiana 101
If you are caught violating the traffic laws in Louisiana, you could be cited and fined. In some cases, you could also face criminal charges.
It’s important to know how these violations and convictions could affect you.
Louisiana Points System
Louisiana uses the Problem Driver Pointer System, also known as PDPS. This system is a part of the National Driver Register and contains information about the drivers’ license histories including:
- Serious traffic offenses
The state only uses this information to determine if a person should be licensed. However, you could lose your license if you commit too many offenses. Since Louisiana is one of only a few states without a points-based system, it’s difficult to give exact penalties or to track tickets. The state does participate in the Interstate Driving Compact, so if you move to another state, the offenses may translate into points in the new state.
How Long Do Points Stay On Your Record?
Louisiana does not use a points-based system. That being said, the state does keep a history of any violations or convictions on your driving record. Usually, these records are maintained for between three and 10 years since the violations.
License Suspension and Reinstatement in Louisiana
You may lose your license in Louisiana if you are convicted of:
- Felonies involving your vehicle
- Texting and driving
- Reckless driving
- Refusing to submit a breath test
If you lose your license, you can find out more about the specific reinstatement requirements by contacting the local Louisiana OMV reinstatement office. You can send mail to the OMV at:
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Usually, to reinstate you license, you will need to meet any court requirements, provide proof that you have insurance for your vehicle, pay any fines you owe and submit suspension compliance documents to the OMV.
If you have been cited and would like to pay your ticket, you may be able to pay it online, by mail, or in person. Whether you can pay by mail or online will depend on the parish you are in. Your ticket should let you know where to pay and how much you owe.
You will need to pay for the fine with the traffic court in your parish. If you’ve lost your ticket, you can contact your parish for more information on the fine and where to send it.
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