Can Traffic Tickets Be Expunged or Sealed?

Can Traffic Tickets Be Expunged or Sealed?

Can Traffic Tickets Be Expunged or Sealed?

Although expunging traffic tickets was a common practice in Illinois several years ago, especially amongst CDL drivers.  This is no longer an option for Illinois drivers.  As of January 1, 2010, pursuant to ILCS 2630/5.2(a)(3)(B), “the court shall not order the sealing or expungement of records of minor traffic offenses.

 

2630 ILCS 5.2(a)(1)(G) defines “Minor traffic offenses” as “a petty offense, business offense, or Class C misdemeanor under the Illinois Vehicle Code or a similar provision of a municipal or local ordinance.”

 

Consequently, ordinary traffic violation such as speeding, immaterial if the sentence is supervision or a conviction, cannot be expunged or sealed.  The only remaining remedy is the lapse of time.  The secretary of state purges traffic violations, which do not result in suspension, after 5-6 years and 7-8 years for violations that result in suspension.

 

It should also be noted that other traffic violations such as driving while a driver’s license is suspended (625 ILCS 5/6-303), which is a Class A misdemeanor, can still be expunged or sealed.  Reckless driving (625 ILCS 5/11-503) can also be expunged if the offense occurred before the individual reached the age of 25 years old and the offender has no other convictions for reckless driving or DUI.