1. Take a defensive driving course
Many states will remove points or minor infractions from your driving record if you complete a defensive driving course. You’ll need to submit proof that you completed the program to your state's DMV before it will remove the points or infractions from your MVR.
2. Dispute errors on your driving record
If you notice an error, like an accident you weren’t involved in or a violation that should have automatically disappeared after a certain time, you can file a discrepancy with the DMV to have the mistake corrected. You can find your state’s discrepancy process on their DMV website. Be aware that it may take some time to navigate the process.
3. Contest your ticket
The vast majority of people issued a traffic ticket won’t contest it in court, but if there are extenuating circumstances behind the ticket (you were speeding to get to the hospital during an emergency) or if the ticket is questionable (a traffic camera caught you running a red light, but you ran it to avoid being rear-ended by someone tailgating you), you have valid grounds to contest the ticket in front of a judge.
You should also contest your ticket if you are cited for driving without your license when you leave it at home. Simply show your license and the fact that it was valid at the time of your ticket to have your ticket removed from your record.
In most cases, contesting the ticket can result in a reduced or dismissed ticket, especially if the police officer who wrote the ticket does not appear in court.
4. Fix minor issues immediately
“Fix-it tickets” refer to many mechanical violations, like a broken taillight. If you show the DMV that you fixed the issue, they will likely remove it from your record. You have to resolve the problem anyway to drive safely, so you might as well take the extra step to prove you did it and get the ticket removed as soon as you can.
5. Expunge your record
Expunging a driving record varies by state, so be sure to check your state’s DMV before you start pursuing this option. In states that offer it, you can delete certain infractions from your MVR. In California, for example, an infraction will be automatically expunged after three years if you have no other violations during that time and you've never been convicted of a DUI. If you don’t qualify for an automatic expungement, you can file for a manual expungement, at which point a panel will examine the infraction for removal.
6. Seek a deferment
If your state offers a deferment option, you may be able to defer certain types of violations before they make it on your record. This option is more proactive than expungement, since an infraction must already be on your record in order to be expunged. The process will require you to pay a small fee and go an entire year without another driving violation. If you meet those terms, the violation will not be added to your driving record at the end of the deferment period.