Driving Records in Pennsylvania
This page contains information about PA driving records and how to obtain one from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In Pennsylvania, you might need your driving record for various reasons, including to:
- Make sure you don't have any errors.
- Give to your employer.
- Get an insurance quote.
You, your insurance company, and your employer can gain access to your driving records in PA.
If you hold a PA driver's license, PennDOT will have your driving record on file. Information on your driving record is obtained from police and courts in Pennsylvania.
There are various types of driving records you can request in Pennsylvania (see the “ Types of Pennsylvania Driving Records" section below). While each may differ slightly, all will show:
- Your driving history.
- Any accidents you've been involved in.
- Violations you have incurred.
- Note that it will NOT give you the number of points you may have accrued for each accident or violation.
For more information about the point system in Pennsylvania, visit the PennDOT website.
Why Do You Need Your Driving Record?
There are a number of reasons you may want a copy of your Pennsylvania driving record, including to:
- Make sure it's accurate: Your insurance rates may be affected if your Pennsylvania driving record is incorrect.
- Prevent identity theft: If you notice anything suspicious on your PA driver history, you may be a victim of identity theft.
Who Can See Your PA Driving Record?
It is common for current/potential employers and insurance companies to request your driving history. They will be able to request this information on your behalf for any of the following reasons:
- To support a business transaction initiated by you, the driver.
- To assess a credit/payment risk associated with an insurance obligation.
- To support a hiring or employment continuation decision.
Your attorney may also request your PA driving record on your behalf.
If a third party requests your Pennsylvania driving record, they can only use your information for one of the purposes above. They cannot transfer your information to any other party or publish any information without prior consent from PennDOT.
There are various types of driving records you can order in Pennsylvania.
Your basic driving record will include your:
- Driver number.
- Date of birth.
- Class of license.
It will not contain any information on any violations, actions, or accidents you have had.
3-Year or 10-Year Record
Your 3-year driving record or 10-year driving record will contain all the information in a “Basic" record, as well as:
- Your PA driver's license status.
- Any violations or departmental actions you have received in the past (depending on the time period of the driving record purchased).
NOTE: A 10-year driving record will be used for employment purposes only.
Full Driving History
Your full Pennsylvania driving record will contain all the information included in a “Basic" record, as well as:
- Your PA driver's license status.
- The complete history of violations or departmental actions on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
If you request a certified record of your driving history in Pennsylvania, it will contain your full driving history.
Your employer may request your Pennsylvania driving record directly from PennDOT. Potential employers may check your driving history to see if you've had any serious violations, such as driving under the influence, and choose whether or not to hire you based on this information.
If you are an employer and need to obtain an employee's (or potential employee) driving record, you can do this either:
- By mail.
- In person.
You cannot request someone else's PA driving record online.
See the “Order Your Pennsylvania Driving Record" section below for more information.
You can request your 3-year driving record, 10-year driving record, or full driver's history online by visiting the PennDOT online services website. You will need to log in to the system using your:
- Pennsylvania driver's license number.
- Date of birth.
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
You will need a credit or debit card to pay the fee. See the “Fees to Order a PA Driving Record" section below for more information.
At the end of your transaction, you will be able to print your Pennsylvania driver's history.
NOTE: If you need a certified driving record in PA, you will need to apply for a certified record from the Department of Transportation in person or by mail.
In Person or By Mail
To order your PA driving record in person or by mail, you will need:
- A completed Request for Driver Information (Form DL-503).
- Payment. See the “Fees to Order a PA Driving Record" section below.
Send the above to the address specified on the form, or bring it to your local PennDOT office in person.
NOTE: If you are requesting someone else's PA driver history, make sure you complete sections A, C, and D.
It will cost you the following fees to order your Pennsylvania driving record:
- Basic history: $9.
- 3-year driving record: $9.
- 10-year driving record: $9.
- Full driver history: $9.
- Certified full driver history: $32.
Accepted Payment Methods
If you are ordering your PA driver record online, you must pay the fee using one of the following credit/debit cards only:
- American Express.
If you are requesting your PA driving record in person or by mail, payment must be made by check or money order made payable to “PennDOT."
The Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg is the only PennDOT office that will also accept cash.
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