Motor Vehicle ReportA motor vehicle report, also known as a driving history report, is an official document that provides information about your driving record.
About Motor Vehicle Reports
A motor vehicle report might include:
- Date of birth
- Eye color
- Hair color
- License class
- Special license endorsements (This may include items such as a hazardous materials endorsement for a CDL driver.)
- License restrictions (This may include restrictions such as the required use of glasses or hearing aids.)
- Date of license expiration
- Traffic ticket information (This may include the date of the violation and conviction, as well as the number of points assessed on the person's driving record.)
Motor vehicle reports can typically be requested as either a certified or uncertified copy. Both types of reports contain the same information, but a certified copy of a motor vehicle report may be required for certain official purposes.
Use of Your Driving Record
Because your motor vehicle report contains personal information, every state has privacy policies in effect that regulate who can request a copy of a person's driving record and how this information can be used. You are not allowed to request a copy of someone's driving record to satisfy personal curiosity; you must use the information in the motor vehicle report for an approved official purpose.
Your auto insurance company may periodically request a motor vehicle report in order to evaluate your driver history and determine if the rates for your policy accurately represent your risk of being involved in an auto accident. Driving histories can affect insurance rates, but again, you will have to consent to have your information released for this purpose.
In addition to auto insurance purposes, motor vehicle reports are most commonly used as part of an employment screening when a prospective job applicant will be driving company vehicles while performing essential duties of the position. You will be asked to sign a consent form before your state will release your motor vehicle report for an employment screening. A motor vehicle record obtained for employment screening may not be used for any other purpose.
If desired, you are allowed to request a copy of your own driving record to review the accuracy of the information. Many identity theft experts say you should do this periodically, just as you would review your credit report on a regular basis.
In most states, obtaining a copy of your motor vehicle record is a fairly simple process that involves filling out a short form and paying a small fee. Some locations may even allow you to view your driving record online, although an additional convenience fee is often charged for this service.