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So far it's come up on applications for Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lewis and Clark School of Law.  Vermont Law School doesn't require the reporting of speeding tickets, but it's the only one I've come across so far that doesn't. 

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Fines actually vary from state to state.  In my state the lowest you can pay is like $135, but across the state line you can pay $25 for a speeding ticket. 

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Most of the applications I'm filling out ask that you disclose minor traffic violations along with everything else.  After arguing with a friend about what a minor traffic violation might be, I decided to look it up online and most sites listed speeding as an example of a minor traffic violation.  Although I don't really think that going 10 mph over in a 55 mph zone signifies a huge character flaw, I'm going to suck it up and report the speeding tickets.  

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Thanks for the response, but I'm still a little uncertain.  I understand that you have to state everything, but what I don't understand is what everything includes.  How detailed of a description of the circumstances of the actual occurrence would I need to include? 

As an example, if I were to simply state that I was charged with a minor consumption of alcohol on January 1, 2008 on my college's campus and that I payed a fine to the county (I didn't have to attend any classes), would that be acceptable or would I need to go into greater detail? 

Also, I'm assuming that dates would need to be reported in the facts that you include for speeding tickets as well, but I'm not completely certain about the year that I received one of the tickets much less the exact day.  Does anyone know (other than online) where you can go to get a report of traffic violations?  Would a police station be able to provide a person with such a record?  I only have an hour or so to call somewhere go off campus from 8-5 during the week and I don't want to go on a wild goose chase to try and hunt this info down.

I'd like to add that I'm very impressed if no one on this board has received a minor traffic violation, I'm beginning to feel like a bad person... 

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I have received two speeding tickets (don't know the exact dates) and received a minor consumption of alcohol when I was 19.  How much do I need to tell law schools about each incident when I report it and does anyone know who to contact to get an offense report?  Does it cost money?  Do I need to explain what I've learned from the situations or anything?     

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