I got a reckless driving ticket in August, while driving through the state of VA on my way back from DC for driving over 80 miles per hour. I have paid the fine and was not arrested.
I know that misdemeanors are not considered just speeding tickets, but I am not sure when on the form to put this. any info would be appreciated.
It is appropriate to check "yes" to Question 16 in the Good Moral Character section of the naturalization application to indicate a traffic citation. The Atlanta Field Office of the USCIS has indicated that it does not require certified disposition documents for speeding tickets where the fine paid did not exceed $500, but some adjudicating officers are unfamiliar with this and so to avoid the risk of delay it would be wise to take to the naturalization interview/examination certified disposition documents. Note too that a single speeding ticket should be inconsequential for naturalization approval, if an applicant has other "blemishes" in their record some complications may arise.
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Even though it might not be an issue--and doesn't necessarily fit the question, better to disclose. You can answer "no" and add "see attached" to the question on criminal activity.
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