Because of an expansion in the law that went into effect in 2017, it’s fairly easy for many types of negative entries to your Maryland driver’s record to be removed. In many instances, they fall off automatically after a certain amount of time has transpired which means that Maryland drivers no longer need to apply for expungement in many, but not all, situations.
Expungement refers to the removal of specific entries from a driving record, including moving violations and points.
If your license has never been suspended for reasons related to driver safety, has never been revoked, and you have no moving violations on your record, then all eligible record entries will be expunged automatically about 31 days after the last conviction date.
If you have a moving violation on your record, then the automatic expungement takes a bit longer. Individuals whose license has never been suspended for reasons related to driver safety and has never been revoked but who have moving violations on their records will see expungement automatically three years after the last moving violation conviction date.
If your license has only been suspended once for reasons related to driver safety and has never been revoked, then all eligible record entries will be expunged automatically five years after the last moving violation conviction date.
If your license has been suspended multiple times for reasons related to driver safety or if it has been previously revoked, then all eligible record entries will be expunged automatically 10 years after the last moving violation conviction date or grant of probation before judgment.
There are certain Maryland driver’s license violations that don’t qualify for expungement.
Maryland drivers who have an active or pending suspension, revocation, cancellation, or refusal or a pending MVA administrative action or a restriction for the Ignition Interlock Program are not eligible for expungement.
Certain record entries are not eligible for expungement, even if the other portions of your driver’s license record meet eligibility requirements. These include record entries related to a fatal accident; alcohol-related offenses; a violation that is substantially similar to those listed above and record entries required for assessment of subsequent offender penalties. An Ocean City expungement attorney can provide more information.
If your situation doesn’t meet the requirements for automatic expungement, then you will probably have to apply through the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles expungement process. You may be able to expunge your Maryland driving record, however, the rules are more complicated and it will not be as easy as the automatic process. A Baltimore expungement attorney can provide more details.
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