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Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

Published: May 23rd, 2010
Updated: April 8, 2015

This is not an all inclusive list of traffic offenses, but will give you an idea of how to code your violations to help you figure out, if necessary, the level of waiver you may require, and who the waiver authority may be when you use the moral waiver guide.

Note: Parking violations, warning tickets, and faulty equipment tickets are no longer considered minor traffic offenses for any applicant regardless of program rating; except for the Navy Nuclear Field. They do not have to be waived for enlistment purposes, no matter how long ago they occurred.

Traffic Violations

Bicycle ordinance violation.
Blocking or retarding traffic.
Contempt of court for minor traffic offenses.
Crossing yellow line; driving left of center-line.
Disobeying traffic lights, signs, or signals.
Driving on shoulder.
Driving uninsured vehicle.
Driving with blocked vision/tinted window.
Driving with expired plates or without plates.
Driving with suspended or revoked license.
Driving without license.
Driving without registration or with improper registration.
Driving wrong way on one-way street.
Failure to appear for traffic violations.
Failure to comply with officer’s directives.
Failure to have vehicle under control.
Failure to signal.
Failure to stop or yield to pedestrian.
Failure to submit report following accident.
Failure to yield right-of-way.
Faulty equipment, such as defective exhaust, horn, lights, muffler, signal device, or wipers.
Following too closely.
Hitchhiking.
Improper backing; backing into intersection or highway; backing over crosswalk.
Improper blowing of horn.
Improper passing, such as passing on right, in no-passing zone, or passing parked school bus.
Improper turn.
Invalid or unofficial inspection sticker; failure to display inspection sticker.
Jaywalking.
Leaving key in ignition.
Leaving scene of accident (when not considered hit and run).
License plate improperly displayed or not displayed.
Operating overloaded vehicle.
Racing, dragging, or contest for speed.
Reckless, careless or imprudent driving (considered a traffic offense when the fine is less than
$300 and there is no confinement). Court costs are not part of a fine.
Reserved for future use.
Seatbelt/child restraint violation.
Skateboard/roller skate violations.
Speeding
Spilling load on highway.
Spinning wheels; improper start, zigzagging; or weaving in traffic.
Violation of noise control ordinance.

Offenses of similar nature and traffic offenses treated as minor by local law enforcement agencies should be treated as traffic violations.



189 Responses to “Traffic Violations”


  1. Brian:

    If you have a traffic citation that is a double violation, does that count as 1 or 2 offenses towards requiring a waiver?

  2. NCCM(ret):

    Brian,

    If it is two separate acts, then it is two separate tickets. For example, if you received a reckless driving ticket and a speeding ticket (the speeding for exceeding the limit, and the reckless driving because you were way over the limit, but no associated with anything else except excessive speed) then it may count as one. It will all depend on the circumstances.

  3. Brian:

    I got a double violation citation for speeding and not pulling over to the right (I pulled over to the left when the officer flashed his lights). Since I pulled over for speeding, then it counts as one because they are related acts, correct?

    Thanks for the quick response!

  4. NCCM(ret):

    Brian,

    Speeding is one offense, it is not related to the pulling over which is a separate physical act from the speeding – it would be two separate violations.

  5. Rob:

    my friend and i recently got stopped by the cops and he had a 2 bags of weed on him (i didn’t even know), so they put one on me and one on him. So I am being charged with failure to use my turn signal (which i always use). After I go to court and get my situation taken care of, then will i be able to join the Navy with that on my record? I’m not a bad person at all and have never been in trouble in my life….

  6. NCCM(Ret):

    Rob,

    It would depend on the actual charge and it’s disposition. If simple possession of marijuana, then a waiver could be possible.

    I am curious, if the marijuana wasn’t yours, then why would you not fight it – I am sure your friend would stand up and tell the truth, right? If you plead guilty, then you are guilty – own it – nobody will except, “but it wasn’t mine” once the gavel hits the desk with an adverse adjudication. So, if you do take a plea, prepare to own up in this, the military, and future job interviews.

  7. Dave:

    I recently got a ticket for obstructing a highway and obstructing the police. Im an armored car driver and im not allowed to move my vehicle while my partners away for anything. For my partners safety I must stay as close as possible to the entrance. A bike cop showed up and I believe he wanted me to move. The vehicle is nearly soundproof. I showed him my sign that says sorry officer I can’t move. Please call this number. Just like the companys training videos tell me to do but he was getting angrier. He was gesturing for my drivers license with his hands and I could not exit the vehicle without my partner being present. Once my partner showed up, she talked to the cop and told me I had to move the truck. We were able to switch places and I talked to the cop outside and gave him my license. He said I was obstructing the highway and the police because I wasn’t listening to him. Im going to court soon. My supervisors said I did the right thing and that the company would be stepping in at this point to defend me, but yesterday my boss told me I shoudln’t have been parked there and that ill probably have to appeal this on my own because its more then a simple parking violation, which my company steps in for. I have to obstruct traffic everyday to do my job, its the way they have me do it and I shouldn’t be working at this company if thats the case but im trying to wait it out and see what happens. Obstructing the police is a class 2 misdemeanor in colorado. I already receieved 2 misdemeanors 6 years ago, together they were minor in possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct. My record has been clean since that incident. I was in the process of getting in the navy when I decided to get PRK surgery so I took this job to pay for my eyes and do something while I wait to get back in DEP. 3 days into my new job this incident happened. I didn’t know what to do so I followed the companys policy and I got in more trouble with the police. The 2 misdemeanors of MIP and Disorderly, didn’t seem to inhibit me in anyway as for the jobs I was interested in before. If these offenses are added to my record will this prevent me from getting in the navys spec ops program?

  8. NCCM(Ret):

    Dave,

    The possession of alcohol by a minor and the disorderly conduct charges are both Non-traffic offenses, and depending on how the police record may read, your failing to follow the police officer’s instructions could be considered a Traffic Offense. These charges should not preclude you from proceeding once paid off.

    My concern would be the PRK; even if the surgery improved your refractive error, it is your pre-surgical refractive error that is considered.

    “History of Ophthalmologic Disorders such as excessive refractive error: +/- 8.00 diopters sphere, +/- 4.00 diopters cylinder. LASIK and PRK surgery to include preoperative refractive measurements.”

  9. Dave:

    NCCM,

    Thanks, thats a relief. I was at -3.00 diopters before surgery and there at 20/20 right now. I asked the doctor at MEPS 1st and I let the station cheif at the recruiting office know what I was doing too. Thank alot for the advice.

    Dave

  10. Robert:

    My Son wants to join the Navy. He just recently was accused of DUI he has a court date which he is gonna fight. Also he has a GED he took at the local Community College does this count as a Tier 1 educational requirement. Second now the DUI charge I did not see it under any of the offenses categories is it anywhere on here? If the GED is not good enough then why does the Navy Website advertise as if it is?

  11. NCCM(Ret):

    Robert,

    Alcohol related offenses involving a vehicle are considered Behind the Wheel offenses, they require a minimum of a one year waiting time from the date of arrest before one could process for the Navy.

    A GED will not count as a Tier I credential. A person can join with a Tier II credential if there is an opening and they score above a 50QT on the ASVAB test. In today’s recruiting environment, Tier II seats are few and far between.

  12. Brian:

    I’m just going to ask this as simply as I can. One speeding ticket on my record for going 70 in a 55 zone. How much will the Navy care about this offense, and what are the steps involved to get it resolved with the recruiter? Obviously, I’m a little paranoid about my record being in tact for eligibility. I’m still debating whether to wait until my court date to pay and go to traffic school so it wouldn’t appear on my record, or to just pay the fine now because it won’t be a big deal with getting in the Navy (at least that’s what I heard).

  13. NCCM(Ret):

    Brian,

    Once the ticket is paid, it must still be listed in your application — and a single traffic ticket will not negatively effect your chances for enlistment or any program.

  14. Brian:

    …even if I go to traffic school to have it clean from my record?

  15. NCCM(Ret):

    Brian,

    Yes. ALL citations, charges, tickets, arrests, etc., MUST be listed no matter what the outcome.

  16. Brian:

    thank you NCCM that’s all I needed to know.

  17. JC:

    My identity was stolen at one point and someone elses Soc. was attached to my DL. Most charges were expunged yet:

    -DL Not in possession 2002(This was not me)
    -Driving w/o seatbelt, DL not in Possession 2005
    -Use of Pref. Lane, Driving w/o DL 2005(This was not me)
    -Unlicensed Driver 2006 (girlfriend took my car when i was at school)
    -Failure to Stop 2008 (Stopped just over the stop line)
    -DL not valid, obtain duplicate(Not me neither)
    -Failure to obey traffic sign 2005
    -Radio audible 2008
    -Display of plate tabs(driving my Fathers vehicle; I had no idea)
    -3 Lightrail tickets (my ticket expired in route home)
    -8 Failure to Appears throughout (School related; rescheduled each)

    -All cases were put into collections at my request and paid in full.
    -I scored a 91 on my ASVAB two days ago

    Do i have any hope of moving forward in the NAVY? Plz say yes.

  18. NCCM(Ret):

    JC,

    I count 18 Traffic and three Non-Traffic Offenses. You will require a waiver by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command to enlist. You must understand that if a charge is expunged, it still means you are the one that did it in the eyes of the court and the eyes of the military. You can state all day long that it was someone else who did it, but that plea will fall on dead ears. Expunging a charge is just sealing the record, but the fact that the charge occurred will still be available. A charge has to be unconditionally dropped by the court for it not to count (even when this occurs, the charge still has to be listed in the application and the charge will show during the background investigation).

  19. JC:

    Thank you for your incite. I told my recruiter that I would just “man up” and except the infractions given it would take forever to investigate and overturn. The courts sending my documents to the wrong address although not my fault, is still my responsibility. I hope they let me in.

  20. Rob:

    if i was charged with reckless driving in virginia (76 in a 55, 20mph over the limit is reckless in VA), but the court dropped it to 74 in a 55 which was a $130 ticket, what would my situation be? Would I require a waiver?
    -Thanks

  21. NCCM(Ret):

    Rob,

    The way you describe it, your ticket should count as a Traffic Offense.

  22. McRob:

    I received a waiver for traffic violations, as a result of 2 tickets for expired tag decale, my state suspended my drivers license!
    I am in Boot Camp currently, my license was reinstated in December. Will my waiver still apply, or is there a separate one needed for suspended liscense?

  23. NCCM(Ret):

    McRob,

    You are in boot-camp right now?? There is no such thing as a waiver requirement for expired tag tickets — so you never had one. Not sure why the state suspended your driver’s license if all of your fines were paid off before you left for boot-camp (which is a requirement, BTW). Inform your chain of command and get it straightened out.

  24. NCCM(Ret):

    McRob,

    I reread your comment, you do not require a waiver for having a suspended license prior to leaving for boot-camp as long as the requirements to have it reinstated are completed before you leave for boot-camp.

  25. McRob:

    I’m sorry, I’m actually asking for my son, he wrote me & ask if I could find out for him & yes he is in bootcamp.
    Ok what about a security clearance? Will a suspended license affect that in any way? As I said its all been cleared
    But since I’m here might as well ask that also.

    Thanks!

  26. NCCM(Ret):

    McRob,

    No worries! I had a flashback of when one of my sons was in boot-camp and he was able to pick up a meal from Taco Bell; I just never know what goes on up there anymore :)

    I seriously doubt he will have any issue with a security clearance because of a suspended license that was a result of two tickets for expired tags. He should be just fine.

  27. McRob:

    Thanks I will write him & tell him to quit worrying!!!

  28. james.:

    hi im 21 have had a felon as a juvenile arrested for suspended license,and just recent arrested marijuana possession (5 grams) i was wondering can i still join?
    im sorry the felon was grand theft and burglary but one case (stolen rims)

  29. NCCM(Ret):

    James,

    Even though they were charged during the same event, the Burglary and Grand Theft are two separate actions, and each will be considered as a separate crime that would require waiver consideration. The fact that you had those charges and then was recently arrested for a drug charge, the moral waiver that you require would more than likely not be processed. I suggest you contact your local recruiter, but I highly recommend that you start considering a plan “b”.

  30. adam:

    I am currently in dep, disqualified nuke after contract, for 13 civil violations on waiver, now secf, I got a ticket for my tags being one day expired, will this affect me at all?

  31. NCCM(Ret):

    Adam,

    13 traffic violations? that is a lot of tickets. Your new ticket is an additional traffic violation that must be added to your current list. The waiver authority must be informed and consider whether or not to keep your current approval status in place. I advise you to make it a priority to tell your recruiter if you already have not so that it doesn’t appear as if you are trying to withhold the information.

  32. Danny:

    I have one traffic violation of reckless driving from when I ran a stop-sign and t-boned someone. I was 16 or 17 at the time the of the offense. The only reason it was a reckless driving charge was because panicked and fled the scene; fortunately I just drove around the parking lot and when good judgement came back to me I went back to the scene. I was charged with reckless driving which was dropped after I took a driver’s re-education. class. However, I recently went to an Army recruiter and they did a quick background check and found this charge. I’m not sure if it came up as a conviction or not buy I know I have to list this offense no matter what. So I have two questions: is this still a traffic offense? And do adjudications come up on ‘special’ military background checks? If not then I have a complaint to file with the DMV.

  33. Danny:

    The only fines I had to pay were the court costs and the cost of the class. No jail time either

  34. NCCM(Ret):

    Danny,

    Whether the charge is considered a Traffic or a Misconduct Offense will be determined when the record and handwritten statements are read — if it was me, I would call it a Misconduct Offense and waive it as such because you did leave the scene. Having the waiver done will stop any chance of someone at boot-camp, or even those who grant clearances, from readdressing the issue in such a manner that creates more scrutiny than the charge needs. This is one of those cases where getting the higher level waiver is a good thing, IMO.

    And to answer your question, yes, it will come up during the military’s background check. You should think of it this way — if a person wrote it down, there is a record of it. If you paid a fine, there is a record of it. If you attended a class, there is a record of it.

  35. Danny:

    What kind of documentation would I need for these citations? (speeding, RD)

  36. NCCM(Ret):

    Danny, Dan, Dan K.,

    Over the past few months you have asked me about a domestic violence assault and battery your dad, a drunk in public, a reckless driving, and a possession of marijuana — as I told you back in April, the court records for the DV charge must be read — it is unlikely that the Navy would allow you to process even if that was your only charge. With the RD I think is a Misconduct Offense and the possession charge, even if your were allowed to process, you would require a Commander, Navy Recruiting Command level waiver — those are rare. I have to assume that since our first comments back in April that you have in fact at least called or visited your local recruiter if not, I recommend that you do, so he/she can get the documentation required to have the determination completed that you need.

  37. Danny:

    My domestic violence case/charges have been appealed and subsequently dropped. One for self defense and the other because it wasn’t really considerable as an assault. I was, in fact only inquiring this time about the traffic tickets and what kind of documentation would be required. Police reports, court documents and the like. From your response I believe you would like me to talk to a recruiter and leave you alone. Thank you for your time and helpful responses.

  38. NCCM(Ret):

    Danny,

    Your court records for the DV must be submitted for review no matter what the outcome was. It is not to leave me alone, everyone can learn from the questions and responses posted here. When being asked about charges, I hope everyone provides a full picture of their history so I can provide a most accurate answer.

  39. Future Sailor Taylor:

    My dream job for the NAVY is to be a SWCC. Just recently i was pulled over for going 72 on a 55, a i just want to know how much that will hurt my chances.

  40. NCCM(Ret):

    FS Taylor,

    As long as you don’t have a slew of other traffic tickets and you pay off the one you just got in a timely manner (make sure your recruiter is aware of the ticket) — you should be fine.

  41. Just Me:

    I got stopped for speeding and unlicensed. Will I need a waiver for these two violations? These are the only two I have. Will I not be able to join the military?

  42. NCCM(Ret):

    Just Me,

    As long as you are otherwise fully qualified, you should be fine.

  43. NavyHopeful:

    I am very interested in enlisting in the U.S. Navy, however, I am also concerned about my driving record. This is not something I am proud to admit but I have a history of traffic violations at about 30 tickets in my lifetime.

    Again, I am not proud to admit this at all. These tickets are a combination of either speeding, accidents, or no proof of insurance or registration (I simply did not have the documents with me in the car at the time when I was pulled over, but I was able to prove in court that I had insurance and registration). Some fines I was able to pay on the date that I went to court, other fines I had to request continuances and pay later. Overall, these fines were all paid. I guess it doesn’t help that my most recent traffic violation was 3 months ago for speeding. Yes, I’m quite surprised that I still possess a drivers license and again am not proud of this history I’ve created for myself. I am simply done messing up my driving record and I am now taking every precaution to drive safely and consciously. I’ve gotten different opinions from recruiters about this and one of them is willing to help me submit a waiver regarding these traffic offenses. Is this worth my time and his? Do I honestly not have any chance in joining the Navy because of this? I hope this is not a case where my past can haunt me. If anyone has a point of view on this they would like to share, I’m prepared for the honest truth. Thank you in advance.

  44. NCCM(Ret):

    NavyHopeful,

    A waiver is possible — I have no way of knowing exactly how many violations you actually have; for instance, you receive a ticket for no insurance and you go to court and prove that you had insurance — the court does not fine you or otherwise adversely adjudicate the ticket and is satisfied that you had insurance, although the ticket must be listed in your record, it does not have to be considered when determining the level of waiver authority. If you have a recruiter that is willing to work with you, then move forward and follow the process; make the waiver authority tell you “no” before you stop!!

    And for the record, your past should haunt you — now, drive safe before you kill someone.

  45. NavyHopeful:

    NCCM(Ret),

    I truly appreciate your quick response to my post. I’ve spoken to several recruiters whom have explained the same – a waiver is possible. They all looked up my driving record across 4 different counties and it does show that I have had 30 traffic related violations. I am not so much concerned about the insurance tickets, but I am very concerned with the speeding tickets. I would say almost half of those violations are speeding tickets. That is where I get concerned and doubtful about my enlistment possibility.

    I’m 31 years old, a more aware and educated person with at least 40 college credit hours to offer the Navy. I wish I could go back in my history, and meet that foolish kid that drove disrespectfully.. but now and today is what’s left of me. You’re correct, your past should haunt you.

    Would it be a safe bet to say that the person reviewing these waivers would look at mine and say “This guy has a history of repeated offenses and based on this information, he has the likelihood of not following basic instruction and could potentially continue this kind of behavior.” ?

  46. NCCM(Ret):

    NavyHopeful,

    When a person needs a waiver, it is because that person is disqualified from serving — the waiver overrides the disqualification, so for every person that needs a waiver it is quite normal for the waiver authority to ask themselves the question, “what is the likelihood…” — and it is because you have so many traffic violations that the waiver authority is actually the Admiral in charge of recruiting that must consider and grant the waiver — waivers that require that level of consideration are difficult to come by; however, if your recruiter is willing to process the waiver, and it takes a lot of work to do it, then he/she must feel pretty confident that you have a good shot at approval because recruiters do not like wasting their own time. The process takes time, lots of it, and you may not get an answer back for a couple of months, but at least you would be getting a shot. I hope it works out!

  47. NavyHopeful:

    NCCM(Ret),

    Agreed, it is – indeed a shot, which is also something the recruiter said. It’s good to know at least that much, and also your input about this. I am very serious about joining the Navy which is why I am all for proceeding with this. I had former government jobs working alongside of Navy retirees who explained the importance of “man hours” dedicated to getting a job done, and I certainly won’t disappoint the work that this recruiter is willfully investing in me. Thank you for engaging in this conversation with me. While I feel somewhat reassured, I know that this could go either way. Hopefully it WILL work out!

    Kindest Regards,

    Tiscareno, J.

  48. Sandy:

    My son is trying to enlist in the Navy and he has a DUI and a Bench Warrant. He went into the court when he found out about the Bench Warrant so he was not picked up for it but there was one issued. Will he be able to enlist?

  49. NCCM(Ret):

    Sandy,

    No. He can have no outstanding issues with the courts when applying for military service. This includes payment of all fines and the completion of any probation, classes, etc. Additionally, for an alcohol related driving offense, a minimum of one full year from the date of arrest must also have passed before one could apply.

  50. miz:

    I don’t know if you are aware of the LA county red light camera system as of late. But I got flashed. I called a lawyer and he said nothing wll happen L.A. county no longer enforces such tickets. He told me to ignore it. I have thus far, cause the ticket cost 500 bucks.My recruiter ran a police check, nothing came up. My concern is that I believe it is sitting in superior court in limbo. I will take care of it cause I’m sure it will come up in at meps or some other point in the process, when theybrun an NAC. my question is, that is a moving violation with a 500 dollar fine, so will it need to be waived. I read that sometimes they wave the action. Which was ignoring the ticket. If I own up to it and telll them do u think Ill get a waiver

  51. NCCM(Ret):

    Miz,

    Running a red light (Disobeying traffic lights, signs, or signals) is a traffic violation and although the charge must be listed and paid off, it would not require a waiver. So, go to court and pay the ticket — if they ignore it, and do not want your money, then have them provide you with a letter stating such so it can be added to your application.

  52. miz:

    Okay. Thank you.

  53. Jay:

    I am currently in the navy DEP,

    I should be leaving in jan for bootcamp however i just picked up a reckless driving charge. my trail date is set for early december; any fines i will incur i will be able to pay off immediately, there will be no probation required or meetings etc. The only repercussion besides the fines will be a licence suspension. my question is this: Can i still leave for bootcamp in Jan with my suspended licence.

  54. NCCM(Ret):

    Jay,

    It all depends — why were you charged with reckless driving? Was there alcohol involved? If the actual fine is greater than $300, then the charge will require a Misconduct waiver. Have you told your recruiter?

  55. Jay:

    thank you for the speedy response.

    Yes, the initial charge was a DUI, however my lawyer believes this can be dropped to a reckless conduct. I told my recruiter immediately but he isn’t sure what may come of the situation until he talks to his chief. i won’t know the finds until the trail in December, however he said he ‘thinks’ a suspended licence means i can not go into bootcamp (due to it counting as probation)

  56. NCCM(Ret):

    Jay,

    Then you charge is a Behind the Wheel Offense, and you would not be able to ship in January — a minimum of one year post arrest must pass before a waiver can be considered — this is no matter what the courts do.

  57. Jay:

    Right, thanks for the help and the link, I’ll look into my options.

  58. NCCM(Ret):

    Jay,

    I wish I had better news. I truly hope it works out.

  59. Jay:

    thank you, i do want to be a part of the navy, so i will seek out whatever channels and process i have to in order ro get the job done, and hopefully regain my corpsman rate.

  60. William:

    I have 5 traffic offenses, the newest being over a year old and the oldest being almost 3. They were for driving without insurance, no license on person, obedience to stop sign, and 2 general offenses, Since it has been so long since I have offended will I be unavailable for the navy ?

  61. Joseph.:

    I am trying to enlist into the navy, in Jan of 2011 I was charged with possession of marijuana and again in Oct of 2011 and just this past month I was pulled over for driving without licenses. Now my recruiter is aware of all three charges and i have wrote my hand written statements for the two offenses in 2011. My question is will I need a waiver for the traffic offense if so what is the likely hood of my waivers being approved for all three offenses, in you experience have you seen a waiver approved for a drug charge that has happen twice? Any other information pertaining to this would greatly be appreciated!

    Thank You
    Joseph [Last name redacted for privacy]

  62. NCCM(Ret):

    William,

    I you have only 5 offenses, and they are all traffic offenses, the offenses must be listed in your application, but you would not require a waiver.

  63. NCCM(Ret):

    Joseph,

    The court records for each possession charge will have to be forwarded for review by Navy Recruiting’s legal department, and if the charges are actually just for simple possession, and as long as you are otherwise a stellar candidate, then a waiver is possible — but it may take some time before your waiver would be considered.

    A single traffic violation while having to be listed in your application, it should not be a factor.

  64. carinacoeb:

    my son is currently serving but while off duty he was in a car accident and got a ticket for careless driving. There were no injuries to anyone or to himself but his car is totaled. He did report it to his immediate supervisor – will this be a problem for him?

  65. NCCM(Ret):

    Carinacoeb,

    As long as he meets the court obligations, he should be fine.

  66. carinacoeb:

    first of all thank you, but I forgot to mention, he was fatigued after two 12 hour shifts when driving but again, he was lucky and nobody was hurt.

  67. Donn:

    I got a speeding ticket about a month ago. I’m going to pay it. I was just wondering if that’s going to make it harder for me to join the navy with that on my record.? I want to go in for military police. Do you think it’s going to stop me from getting that job? Should I do traffic school to get it off my record?

  68. NCCM(Ret):

    Donn,

    A single paid off traffic violation will not keep you from getting that or any other rating or program. As long as you are qualified for the rating and as long as the rating is available, you should be fine. To add, charges and tickets must still be listed in your application — for the military, it doesn’t matter if the charge is expunged or even pardoned, it still counts, so whether you payit off or go to school, that is up to you — it doesn’t matter to the military as long as it is properly resolved.

  69. kim:

    i have a question i got a speeding ticket almost a year ago. can this affect my eligibilty for joining the us navy?

  70. NCCM(Ret):

    Kim,

    As long as the ticket is paid in full and any other requirements of the court are complete, you can move forward.

  71. Michael8400:

    OK, so as far back as I can remember, I have had the following issues.

    no proof of insurance (16 y.o.)
    failure to yield (17 y.o.) basically the officer said I made a right on red, without stopping, which wasn’t true, but I didn’t fight it, so it sits as is.
    speeding (80 in 65 at 18y.o.)
    speeding (80 in 65 at 22-23 y.o.)
    HOV lane (24-25 y.o.)

    Then, recently, my license was suspended because of unpaid tolls (apparently my sunpass [the prepaid toll sticker that you put in your car] didn’t register, and I have moved a few times, so I didn’t receive papers to pay)

    How will this effect me in regards to needing a waiver, also, if I am trying to go into the Master at Arms program, will this effect me in that as well?

  72. NCCM(Ret):

    Michael8400,

    You will need to ensure that your licence is back to a valid state, and you must ensure that all of your tolls are paid. As long as each unpaid toll was not charged as toll evasion (possible, then each instance would be considered as a separate charge/event), then you should be okay as long as you are otherwise fully qualified.

  73. Taylor:

    I have a question.

    My boyfriend has been in the navy for a year, and he got a reckless driving ticket. He has to go to court. Will this ticket get him kicked out of the navy? He is really scared he will be kicked out for this.

  74. NCCM(Ret):

    Taylor,

    Unless he has been demonstrating a high and continued propensity for getting into trouble, he won’t be discharged for a simple reckless driving incident. If he hasn’t already, he must ensure he has informed his chain of command that the charge occurred.

  75. Sophia [Last name redacted for privacy]:

    NCCM(Ret)

    Ok, I have had 5 tickets in my lifetime. A recruiter told me since I paid them late it counts as 10. Do I have a shot I have 20 college credits.

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