FAQ

  1. What information will I find on my driving record?
    Motorists will find a wide variety of details within their DMV driving records, including information about their previous violations, demerit points and license suspensions. Records will also include personal information, such as the subject's full name, date of birth and Social Security Number.

  2. What details are not featured on a driving record?
    Though driving-related accidents and violations will be reported on the driving record, these reports will not feature details regarding any non-driver-related crimes. Furthermore, vehicle-specific information will not be included within the record.

  3. Do all state DMVs have demerit point systems?
    No, not all state motor vehicle departments have point systems for suspending habitual traffic offenders. Minnesota and Hawaii, for instance, do not have a demerit point system.

  4. In what ways can I obtain a copy of my driving record?
    Depending on your state of residence, you may be able to obtain your driving record in person at a local DMV office, via mail by sending in the required documents or online through the state website or an authorized third-party provider. To order your driving record online today, begin by clicking here.

  5. Are the violations on my driving record permanent?
    Certain violations will remain on your driving record longer than others. DUI convictions, for instance, will typically stay on your driving record for decades, whereas non-major violations and their resulting points can typically be removed with traffic school. In fact, in many states, these non-major violations are often erased after a period of a few years.

  6. What does it mean to "clean up" a driving record?
    Driving records are considered to be in bad shape when they feature accumulated demerit points or a number of traffic violations. "Cleaning up" a driving record is the act of removing/erasing these points/violations with certain actions, such as exercising safe driving habits for an extended period of time.

  7. How can I reduce points from my record?
    Depending on your state of residence, you may be able to reduce the number of points on your record by either completing a traffic school course or by earning safe driving points, which is the result of driving safely for an extended period of time. By reducing the number of points on your record, you will be able to avoid a driver's license suspension for point accrual.

  8. What steps can I take if I find inaccurate or incomplete information on my driving record?
    In the event you find inaccurate information on your driving record, such as added demerit points or violations that you never committed, contact your state's motor vehicle department immediately. Notify a department representative as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible consequences, such as unnecessary driver's license suspension.

  9. How long will it take for a new violation to be posted on my driving record?
    Oftentimes, points and violations will not be posted to your driving record instantly. Therefore, it is important to check back a few weeks later to verify the accuracy of any events that were logged.

  10. How often should I check my driving record?
    Drivers should always check their driving record before applying for auto insurance or any job that involves driving. Additionally, motorists should order driving records regularly and after every violation/accident in order to verify the accuracy of the information featured within the report.

  11. Is it dangerous to order your driving record like it is to order your credit report?
    No, it is not dangerous to order a copy of your driving record, as other parties cannot penalize you in any way for ordering your driving documents. Furthermore, it is important to note that ordering a copy of your credit report will not damage your credit score, contrary to popular belief.

  12. Who can order a copy of my driving record?
    In addition to you, potential employers, insurance companies and other parties can access your driving record. However, these parties must have a permissible use for your driving record, and they must abide by the Driver's Privacy Protection Act.

  13. What are the most common uses for a driving record?
    Driving records are typically used by employers who work in driving-related industries to verify the safe driving habits of a potential employee. These records are also commonly used by auto insurance companies to determine car insurance premiums for applying drivers.

  14. Are there multiple types of driving records to choose from?
    Yes, depending on your state of residence, you may be able to choose from a variety of driving records. The most common types of records are certified driving records (for official use) and uncertified driving records. Furthermore, different records may feature more or less information.

  15. Will my driving record contain information about the vehicles I have driven?
    No, driving records do not contain vehicle-specific information. In order to obtain information about the vehicle that you operate, you must order its vehicle identification number (VIN) report.

  16. Can I order someone else's driving record?
    Yes, so long as you have a "permissible use" (as determined by the Driver's Privacy Protection Act) for the driving record you intend to purchase, you can typically obtain someone else's driving history report.

  17. What steps can I take if someone obtains access to my driving record information illegally?
    In the event your driving record information is illegally accessed, contact your state's motor vehicle department immediately to restrict access. If your information is used for purposes of identity theft, you may have to contact law enforcement as well.

  18. Can I still get a driving record from my previous state of residence if I have moved?
    Yes, you may typically obtain a driving record from your previous state of residence by mailing in a request to the DMV. You may also be able to order a copy online.

  19. How many years does a driving history report cover?
    Depending on the driving history report you order, it may cover between three years and your entire lifespan as a driver. Therefore, you must order the driving record type that will cover the information you require.

  20. Will moving to another state remove demerit points or violations that I incurred in my previous state of residence?
    No, simply moving will not remove points or violations from your record, especially long-lasting violations like DUIs. These will remain on record for a predetermined amount of time, regardless of your moving status.