How to Obtain a Free Driving Record
Some states provide free copies of residents' driving records, but it often takes a trip to your state agency office to make a request. Check with the nearest branch office of your state's motor vehicle agency regarding free driving records.
If you're short on time or have difficulty visiting a branch location, consider ordering your driving record online. Many third-party vendors offer instant online services that make obtaining your driver record convenient. In most instances, you can obtain your current driving record in minutes.
What A Driving Record Covers
A driving record documents your driving history, detailing violations and suspensions, along with, if applicable to your state, your current number of driving points. Every driver has one.
Records are maintained to help Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) officials identify bad drivers. Bad, in this case, meaning drivers who habitually get ticketed for moving traffic violations. Driving records are also monitored by car insurance agencies and even potential employers.
A surplus of violations and/or points comes with repercussions:
- The suspension, revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license
- Higher auto insurance rates
- The possible loss of your current job if it involves driving
- Job application rejection from a potential employer
- Mandatory attendance in a driver safety class
The Importance of Monitoring Your Driving Record
It’s always smart to keep track of your driving record, constantly verifying for accuracy. One computer mistake could cost you your job or create a jump in auto insurance costs.
Plus, being aware of the number points and/or violations on your driving record could help prevent the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. If you know you’re one or two points away from your state’s designated point suspension total, you’ll be more inclined to practicing safe driving habits and looking into possible point-reduction options. Many states, for example, reward drivers who complete a DMV-approved driver safety course with the removal of points.