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Ask a Trooper: The duration of written warnings

By Sgt. Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: How long does a written warning ticket stay on your record?

Answer: A paper warning does not go on your driving record. As for citations for speed, Driver and Vehicle Services provides the following information: Speeding tickets generally stay on record for five years, and serious speeds are 10 years. 

With that being said, each year illegal or unsafe speed is a leading contributing factor in Minnesota’s fatal crashes, accounting for at least 130 deaths annually, of which 70 percent occur on rural, two-lane roads in Minnesota. Young adult motorists are the most common offenders and those at greatest risk.

If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send them to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or e-mail him at