The amount of points added to your Nebraska driver’s license depends on the violation. Although fines for offenses vary, they share a similar cost structure. If you’re cited for driving up to five mph over the speed limit, you might get a point on your driving record. Over 35 mph above the legal limit? That’s four points (or more for reckless driving).
The Nebraska DMV recommends reviewing your driving record on an annual or biannual basis. You can obtain your Nebraska driving record a few different ways:
- Online through a trusted third-party provider like the official DMV website
- In person at your local DMV office
- By mail
The more serious the offense, such as driving under the influence (12 points for third or subsequent offense), the greater the fine(s) and points added to your license. Some common traffic violations include:
- Operating vehicle under an expired license – one point
- Violating school bus crossing – three points
- Leaving the scene of an accident – six points
- Driving under the influence, first or second offense – six points
Why should you care?
Hefty fines aside, points on your driving record could raise your insurance rates. Additionally, multiple tickets can lead to a suspended or revoked license. For example, if you accumulate 12 points within a two-year period your driving privileges are automatically revoked. While the fines add up, so do the inconveniences of being unable to drive. This affects your employment, relationships and overall quality of life.
What can you do about it?
If you’ve been accused of a traffic violation, there are ways to repair your driving record. If you have under 12 points on your record, you can take a DMV-approved driver improvement course. This course can be taken once every five years.
In the state of Nebraska, basic citations can stay on your record for five years. Car insurance companies review your driving record to decide if they’ll insure you and how high your premium will be. In other words, this is serious stuff.
Your best option for a clean record? Drive safely.