Want to know just how long that California speeding citation will stay on your record? Years.

Depending on the severity of the driving infraction it could remain on your record from 3 to 10 years. The most serious infractions, such as a hit and run crash, remain on your record for a full decade before they go away. In the case of a speeding ticket, that’s going to take a full 36 months before it goes away. In all cases the points you get for your citation stay until it is removed from your record.

So, if you want a clean driving record, plan for the long term.

Most convictions of traffic offenses, such as hit and run, reckless driving, and driving under the influence (DUI) will remain on your record for 10 years from the violation date and count as 2 points.
Most other traffic offense convictions will remain on your record for 3 years from the violation date and count as 1 point.
Accidents are reported for 3 years from the accident date. If you are found to be at fault, the accident normally counts as 1 point.
Actions taken against your driving privilege, such as a suspension or revocation due to a DUI or a failure to provide proof of financial responsibility, will be reported for 3 years from the proof termination date or the reinstatement date, whichever is earlier.
A Failure To Appear for DUI offenses will be reported for 10 years from the violation date. All other Failure To Appears and Failure to Pay fines will be reported for 5 years from the violation date.