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Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

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Published: May 23, 2010
Updated: February 12, 2019

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.
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.
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.
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.

314 Responses to “Traffic Violations”

  1. Navy Girl says:

    Hi, I’m supposed to be leaving for MEPS in two weeks but I have 3 tickets for driving without a license that I am currently in the process of paying off. Will I still be able to finish my enlistment?

  2. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Navy Girl,

    You cannot ship to boot-camp with open tickets. They MUST be paid off before your ship date.

  3. Zach says:

    I dont have any traffic tickets, I have no criminal record, however two years ago I was involved in a very small hit and run that shows up on my driving record. Will i still be able to enlist in the navy?

  4. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Hit and Run is a Misconduct Offense and requires a waiver for enlistment.

  5. Ella825. says:

    If i was caught by a red light camera but i paid it off would i still need a waiver ?

  6. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Although the traffic violation must be listed in your application, a single ticket does not require a waiver. If the fine is paid and any other court requirements have been met, you can begin procession as long as you are otherwise fully qualified.

  7. James says:

    Hey my license are currently suspended. Can still go thru the process of joining as long as i take care of everything before i go to boot camp

  8. NCCM(Ret) says:


    All requirements of the court must be successfully concluded before you are eligible to process. It depends on why your license is suspended. Your recrutier would be able to detail further for you based on the actual facts.

  9. Diego says:

    Question so my brother got a ticket Saturday night and ships off Monday will he need to pay off the ticket by then since he leaves in the morning??

  10. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Nobody is allow to ship to boot-camp with an open ticket. It must be paid before he can leave. He needs to contact his recruiter asap.

  11. Mitchell says:

    In Ohio, need traffic violations for my app. I haven’t had a speeding ticket in years (more than 2 years because that’s all I can lookup). Assuming you need all traffic violation tickets even though they were all paid how do I access this info?

  12. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Use your memory. It doesn’t matter whether or not you can find an offense listed in the local database — do not use that as a factor when listing offenses. You should be able to provide a list of tickets you received — you may not recall the exact date the offense occurred, but you should be able to recall what type and how many you received over your lifetime. I am sure if you think back hard enough, you will come up with the answers.

  13. Mike says:

    I would like to join the Marine Corps, I’m 29 and would require a waiver simply for age, but I also have mostly minor traffic violations dating back to 2009. I got a DWi and evading arrest charge in 2015, convicted dwi in 2016, and the evading charge i got probation for and no conviction. I’ve read mixed info on how far back they check, (7 years, forever.) I don’t want to waste a recruiter’s time, and I see someone of knowledge answering questions here.

    I paid $25 for a driver record check and I believe I have more than 10 minor traffic violations but haven’t had any violations of any level in over 3 years. Am I automatically ineligibile to enlist simply due to that?

    Also, do you have any knowledge of what would get a person a waiver for being over 28 at enlistment?

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Minimally, you require a waiver for the DUI and evading offense (both were clearly adversely adjudicated). All branches of service use your entire life history (birth to present) when determining eligibility for joining. The confusion about how far they go back stems from forms like the SF-86; those may be the years an adjudicator for a clearance may go back, but has NOTHING to do with enlistment processing.

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