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Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

Updated: October 7, 2017

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.

277 Responses to “Traffic Violations”

  1. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The court and police records for the felony must be reviewed. the “why it was dropped” is very important.

  2. Stan says:

    Hello, I’m hoping you can help me. I have already sworn in for the Navy and have a ship date in November. I received a waiver for a knee injury and for a harassment charge from when I was 14 (both me and the other guy went to anger management). I had a couple of traffic tickets (speeding) before I swore in two months ago, and I just got pulled over for not having a proper endorsement on my license while riding my bike. I know I need to report this, but will I need a waiver? Will this hurt my ship date? Should I pay the fine or try to plead it down? It’s only three points. Not sure what to do.

  3. Stan says:

    My fine is $70 by the way.

  4. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The very first thing you need to do is tell your recruiter — waiting to tell him/her is never a good thing. That said, you will need to pay the fine and complete any other court requirements and you should be good to go for the same ship date that you have.

  5. Stan says:

    Thanks! I told my recruiter today and he said exactly that: it’s no crisis and happens all the time. Just clear it up before I ship.

  6. Matthew [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    I recently tried to enlist in the Navy Reserves, my recruiter tells me that I am disqualified for the Navy because I had 8 toll violations, all of which were paid and court fees and fines paid as well and 4 traffic tickets. Is this truly the end of the line? Or is there something else I can do? Moral Waiver????


  7. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Toll evasion is a Non-Traffic Offense; eight adversely adjudicated Non-Traffic Offenses is not authorized waiver consideration.

  8. madamb says:

    Hello, I have 16 points on my license. two driving with license revoked/suspended. a few seat belt and speeding tickets. so i was wondering if i could still join navy. i also have paraphernalia of mj. i was told i could have waivers but i have so many mostly from speeding and seat belt tickets im wondering if that will hinder me

  9. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The Conduct waiver you require is possible as long as you are otherwise fully qualified.

    Hopefully you have started to wear your seatbelt and slowed the hell down.

  10. Hopeful Navy Wife says:

    My husband is currently in the process of the enlisting in the Navy. He has been charged 5 times with driving on a suspended license and has been sentenced to jail twice. Once for 10 days and another for 10 ten days but he served it as 5 weekends. All of his fines and fees have been paid and the driver improvement clinics he was told to take are conpleted. He was very forthright and told his recruiter this info the first day he met with him. As they were doing paperwork to send him off to MEPS he was told he had to do a waiver for each ticket because the fines were over $100 and now he has to wait for someone from MEPS to call and tell him if he will be eligible. In your opinion do you think he will be disqualified from enlisting?

  11. NCCM(Ret) says:


    He requires a Conduct waiver (just one) for the total of his violations. Each one with a $100 fine must have a handwritten statement completed. Whether or not the commanding officer approves his waiver will depend on many factors like ASVAB score, work history, education, etc.

  12. Lacey says:

    What about toll violations? Will I be disqualified because of them?

  13. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Toll violations are not Traffic Offenses, they are Non-Traffic Offenses, and yes, too many can disqualify you. See the Conduct Waiver Chart.

  14. Elvis says:

    I have 2 speeding tickets for going the speed limit by 15 miles and another from stealing 2 movie cds that were worth less than 30 dollars. But i havent finished paying them off coz i was taking care of my mother who is sick of cancer and i didnt have the funds to pay them off. And i lost my jobs due to missing days. I am currently unemployed and still dont have the funds to pay them off. I had started paying the speeding tickets but stopped coz of the shortage of money. Can i stilled be enlisted. And those are the only things on my record. Thanks

  15. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You cannot process for enlistment until all requirements of the court have been completed — no exceptions.

  16. GJR says:

    Hello. My son is scheduled to ship to bootcamp in a month and a half. He received a speeding ticket in November and on his court date in December, requested defensive driving course to have the ticket dismissed. He is in the process of completing his course and paying the associated court costs. His recruiter contacted him today and told him his ship date may be delayed due to the ticket because this is the first he is hearing of it (he was just assigned a new recruiter a few weeks ago as his prior recruiter left the recruiting office for another job). Is this correct even if he handles everything and has the ticket dismissed this week?? Any advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED as he already had his ship date pushed back at the end of June, 2016 just one week prior to his original July, 2016 ship date. He is very anxious to get his Navy life started.

  17. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The policy is to not let a person roll into their shipping month with a known issue; it is likely that if his ticket is not paid off before a certain date (I don’t know what that date would be for the NRD he is shipping from) that they will roll him out. He needs to get specifics from his recruiter. The issue is boot-camp and school seats; if person cannot ship on their date, then a boot-camp seat and A school seat goes empty, so if they know a person has a chance of not shipping on time before the ship month starts, they can roll him out and fill the seat with someone that they know can and will ship.

  18. wally45 says:

    Hoping this is fairly simple, but still concerned: I had two speeding tickets as a youngster, one resulting in a 20-day license suspension (I was still on the two year probationary period, so any infraction is automatically bumped to a suspension). Those were both expunged (for time), but I recently received a minor moving violation for failing to stop at a signal. I am planning to contest the ticket (under $300), but am wondering which, if any of the three need to be brought up with my recruiter and how it will affect my application/audition for the Fleet Bands.
    Thanks in advance.

  19. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You are required to divulge all prior tickets and ensure they are a part of your application regardless of their final disposition. The age at the time of the ticket is irrelevant.

  20. Edd says:

    i was just gonna ask,
    I got 9 traffic violations, all was paid in full and closed,
    Will I still be accepted in the navy?,

    Thank you,

  21. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You require a Conduct waiver for the tickets. Whether or not you are approved will depend on your ASVAB score, education level, and many other factors. I recommend seeing your local recruiter, and drive safe!

  22. Edd says:

    Thank you for replying,

    Also just a few more questions if I may,
    I submitted my police record to my recruiter,
    And on that record showed to arrest of dui, one on 2008 and 2009
    But for my 2008: it says “declined”
    And for my 2009: it says “prosecution declined”
    And omy criminal record, it doesn’t say anything, no record of anything
    And for my traffic 5 for speeding others are for seat belts and illegal backing and driving w/out my drivers license,
    I filled up the waiver forms at the recruiters office,

    I scored 70 on the asvab is that good a good enough score?,
    But in only a highschool graduate
    Then my recruiter sent me to physical, I showed my surgery operative report, about some facial surgery for my cheekbone on the left, does not affect my vision nor Any senses, and does not affect with my daily actives, and then the doctor mentioned that I have a lot of traffic tickets, and he said he needs to send my papers for approval or for waiver, I’m not so sure what for, but I think it’s about my traffic violations and that arrest that shows on my record,

    Thank you sir,

  23. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Without something definitive from the court stating that your charges of DUI were dropped because you didn’t drive while intoxicated, you will require a waiver for the two behind the wheel (BTW) offenses. The waiver authority for two BTW offenses is the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command — the Admiral. The threshold for a waiver approval at that level is much more difficult to get over. Being a high school graduate with a 70 AFQT is a good start.

  24. Edd says:

    Thank you for all the response

    I really appreciate it all, coz as of now, I’m really worried that I might not get accepted,
    I really studied for the asvab, and took so much time to study,
    Took more days off at work too,
    My recruiter sent me to physical and the doctor mentioned that I have a lot of traffic tickets, and mentioned about the arrest about those dui case
    2008: dui,reckless driving,eluding arrest; “declined”
    2009: dui; “prosecution declined”
    And on my criminals records
    When I request a copy at the court house,
    the paper says there’s No records of any convictions
    But for traffic clearance, it shows
    4 tickets for speeding
    1 without seatbelt
    1 for speeding and I didn’t have my drivers license with me,
    1 illegal backing
    1 no license plate on the front bumper,
    Total of 9 traffic violations
    After my physical exam, He told my recruiter that my papers are on hold, and that he needs to send this to the higher ups
    and do meps doctors really check arrest records and traffic violations as well?, I though only the recruiter does that, I just don’t really know no more what goes from here,
    Do you think I can still get accepted or chances are very low?,

    Thank you sir, for taking the time to response
    Have a good day,

  25. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have answered your question. It depends on how the legal department evaluates your DUI charges. Posting and asking in different ways is not going to change that fact. I wish there was more I could offer you.

  26. Edd says:

    Yes sir, I understand

    What I don’t know is that aside from my recruiter checking my records and violations,
    I didn’t know that meps doctors don’t just do physical exams but also check the applicants records and violations, coz it’s the meps doctor that put my papers on hold, my recruiter and I had worked on the waiver forms for the traffic violations to be submitted before he sent me to the physical,

    Thank you sir,

  27. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You have a lot of tickets, and two of them, at least, may be alcohol related. The MEPS Chief Medical Officer must make a determination to whether you have issues with authority — if he doesn’t disqualify you, he may send you for a psychiatric evaluation. That is fully within the MEPS CMO’s job description to follow up and rule. Bottomline, you have a LOT of tickets. A word of advice; when asked about the tickets, DO NOT trivialize them — be prepared to articulate the lessons you learned and be able to convince them that this type of behavior is no longer a reflection of who you are.

  28. Edd says:

    Thank you sir for explaining and making me Understand about all these things
    I learned a lot from you, thank you for taking the time, I really appreciate it,

  29. Brian says:

    Hi…I was looking trough some recruiting manuals and it says that 6 or more traffic tickets require a waiver. I received 2-3 various tickets per year spanning a decade between age 16-26. The tickets ranged from ab occasional speeding ticket to equipment violations from spanning a decade from 16-26, all were adjudicated because I plead guilty and paid fine. I am now 32 and no tickets in past 6 years. Is there a maximum amount to request a waiver?

  30. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Not sure what manual you read, but five or more traffic violations at any time in your history would require a waiver; however, equipment tickets, although they must still be listed in your application, do not count toward the five. There is no longer a limit to the number of traffic violations you can have and still receive consideration. All traffic violation conduct waiver are now handled at the local NRD commanding officer level.

  31. Brian says:

    Thanks NCCM, The manual I was looking at was the COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8J – VOLUME II you mentioned on an earlier post. It states the waiver authority for 11 or more traffic ticks require COMNAVCRUITCOM Waiver Authority. Is there something published that states the new policy you mention?

  32. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The current recruiting manual is now COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8K (Change 1), released a year ago and updated with Change 1 last month. My moral waiver guide is and has been up to date.

  33. Brian says:

    Thank you for clarifying. Last question, the updated guide lists tickets like “driving with a suspended license” and “reckless driving” as level 100 traffic offences but in my state they are misdemeanors. Does the state’s definition or the does the Navy’s classification determine the waiver authority?

  34. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The state’s classification doesn’t matter — for reckless driving, it can be a Misconduct Offense if it meets the criteria for it.

  35. Brian says:

    I pulled all my records from years ago and saw that I was charged with “attempted obstruction”. I was scared and gave the officer a false name at a traffic stop. Is that particular charge a minor misconduct offence or a non-traffic offence?

  36. Brian says:

    Sorry, is this blog still open?

  37. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Yes. Providing the charge was not initially charged a felony, it should be classified as a Non-Traffic Offense.

  38. Brian says:

    Thank’s NCCM. I was concerned because in my state if you give an officer any misleading information, such as a false name, it is called “attempted obstruction of justice”, a misdemeanor offence. Good to know it’s considered only a non-traffic offence.

  39. Kawann [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    I have a paraphernalia charge that I plead guilty to when I was 19. I’m 23 now, I filled out a statement at the recruiter’s office. Paid off all my fines. I have two speeding tickets that I paid off fully and also wrote statements as to what was the reason and what I have done to change that behavior, along with a statement as to why I want to be apart of the Navy. Am I safe?

  40. NCCM(Ret) says:


    As long as the paraphernalia charge was related to just marijuana without any connection to trafficking, and you are otherwise fully qualified — good ASVAB score, education, etc., you should be fine.

  41. Nancy says:

    Hello, I am looking to enlist this October. I currently have two charges for driving without license, both fines paid, no jail time. I also am going to court for driving under suspension on October 4th. I have reinstated and obtained my license recently. I understand I have to clear this fine before I even try to enlist. My question is, with the sum of these 3 charges, 2 for driving w/o license and 1 for driving under suspension and nothing else on my record- do I need a waiver of any form? This website’s guide says no but another one counts driving without license/ under suspension as a more serious offense. Thanks in advance

  42. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You have three traffic violations. Although they must be listed in your application, you would not require a Conduct waiver.

    Not sure what Web site you read that information on, but if they did list the offense differently than here, they are not using the current instruction/regulation.

  43. Nancy says:

    Hello, me again, sorry for not including this in my first question but it just occurred to me. Other than traffic violations I have one incident where police had to drive me to hospital. I was around 16 at the time and had passed out at a party that ended up getting busted, police drove me to hospital where I got banana bag and spent the night. I wasn’t arrested or charged with anything so I know this is just called being put in police custody but I’m wondering if this will show up on my background check at MEPS? I was not finger printed

  44. NCCM(Ret) says:


    You do not have to be fingerprinted for your records to show up. If you have ever been arrested, you have a record of it available somewhere. Divulge the information up-front; them finding it after the fact does not bode well for you. You will also need the medical records from the hospital for submission as part of your medical prescreen for the MEPS enlistment physical.

  45. Zainab says:

    Hello, I currently ran a red light and was driving with my learner’s permit without supervision. A cop pulled me over and I was issued a ticket with a bunch of offenses on it. It’s totaling 15points. I’m really scared that this would affect my navy career and my driving record in the future. What do you suggest is the best thing for me to do? I am currently in dep and told my recruiter about it. He said I should go ahead and make a decision on what I wanna do about the ticket. I really don’t know what to do. Do you suggest that I request a waiver hearing or request a trial. Or just pay the fines? I understand that paying the fines mean accepting my guilt and having all those points on my driving record. How do you think the navy can help me with this? I will be glad to hear from you. Thanks a lot.

  46. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Based on what you wrote, it sounds like you were guilty of the offenses charged. Own up to your mistake and pay the piper. The Navy is not going to help you with this. You must have these tickets resolved before you can ship to boot-camp. Make sure that you provide the proof the charges are resolved before your shipping month so that if any handwritten statements are required, they can be completed and added to your package.

  47. Zainab says:

    Its a long story, though. I plan on resolving them. I’m just asking if this can affect my navy career and if the points accumulated could be taken off after it’s been resolved.

  48. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The military has nothing to do with a state’s point system.

  49. Penny says:

    My son just left for Navy Boot camp. He got a traffic ticket in May and five days later he went to MEPS and his recruiter told him not to say anything. Now the ticket is paid and he did traffic school. Now he is stressing because he is worried that while he is in boot camp that they will run his name again and if it shows he had a ticket that they will kick him out because he never told anyone at MEPS. IS that something he should worry about?

  50. NCCM(Ret) says:


    He needs to tell them about the ticket and have them add it to his application. He is going through a moment of truth soon after he arrives at RTC, I assume he will advise them at that time of the ticket. It is very possible that his background investigation has yet to be finally adjudicated — that can take anywhere from two months to over a year. Most US citizens can ship to boot-camp without waiting for it to be finished (only Nukes and Warrior Challenge has to wait). I really doubt he would be kicked out for it, but it is never good to have things start popping up during the investigation that are not already annotated in the application.

  51. Caren [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    Hello. My daughter leaves for boot camp in 6 days. She has points on her license and was told anymore and she would not be eligible to enlist. A few days ago she got a ticket for driving 41mph in a 35 mph speed zone. She is not sure what to do. She was told at MEPS she could not get anymore tickets. What is your advice! Thank you.

  52. NCCM(Ret) says:


    When entering the DEP, she was briefed that her first responsibility after getting a ticket is to contact her recruiter. If a few days have passed, and she has not done so, then that would be two things she failed to do. I do not have her application, but one thing for sure, she cannot ship to boot-camp with an open ticket. I recommend that she go pay it first thing in the morning, if allowed to, and bring the receipt to her recruiter’s office. I recommend making contact with her recruiter as soon as she gets up in the morning, or even tonight if she has his/her cell phone number.

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