Driving Records in Virginia

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Driving Records in Virginia

Your Virginia driving record documents your driving history over a certain period of time, and provides details about your traffic accidents, violations, suspensions, and more. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues several types of driving records for different uses.

Continue reading to learn more about driving records in Virginia, including how your driver record can influence your employment and your car insurance rates.

Types of Driving Records in Virginia

The standard VA driving record is non-certified. There is an additional charge for certified records. For more information, see the “Fees for Virginia Driving Records" section below.

The VA DMV offers several types of driving records, including:

  • Personal use driving record:
    • 11 years of driver history.
    • For personal use ONLY.
  • Employment driving record:
    • 7 years of driver history.
    • Issued to employers, prospective employers, or authorized agents.
  • Insurance driving record:
    • 5 years of driver history.
    • For insurance purposes.
  • Habitual offender restoration driving record:
    • 11 years of driver history.
    • Available for court petitions to restore your VA driver's license.

NOTE: To obtain a non-certified driving record or background check from a third-party online provider in Virginia, refer to the "Get Your Driving Record" section at the top of the page.

What's On Your Driving Record?

Your VA driver record provides complete details about your driving activity, including:

  • Personal information.
  • Traffic convictions.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Driver license suspensions, revocations, and cancellations.
  • Your Virginia driver license status.
  • Points on your VA driver's license.

An accident or traffic conviction will appear on your driving record for:

  • 60 months after the incident.
  • 60 months after reinstatement, if the conviction resulted in a driver's license suspension or revocation.

Who Sees Your VA Driving Record

The Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) only allows your VA driving records to be released if requested by:

  • Individuals with written permission from you.
  • Employers of commercial driver license holders.
  • Law enforcement or government agencies.
  • Insurance or rental car companies.

NOTE: If you are a school bus driver, public/private school driver's education instructor, or commercial driving school instructor, the VA DMV will provide your driving record to the local school division or private school that employs you. The school will also be notified of Virginia driving instructors who receive more than 6 demerit points.

Ordering Your VA Driving Record

You can order your VA driving record online, in person, or by mail.

You can also order an uncertified VA driving record online from the third-party providers listed at the top of this page.

NOTE: The VA DMV offers discounted driving record fees for employment transcripts. For more information, see “Fees for Virginia Driving Records" below.


To obtain your VA driving record online, log in to the Virginia MyDMV Online System. You'll need:

  • Your customer number listed on your VA driver's license, or your Social Security number (SSN).
  • Payment. See the “Fees for Virginia Driving Records" section below.

You will be able to view your VA driver or vehicle record on your screen, and you will also have the option to have it mailed to you.

In Person

To apply for your VA driving record in person, visit your local Virginia DMV office with:

  • A completed Virginia Information Request (Form CRD 93).
  • Proof of your identity, such as your:
    • Virginia driver's license.
    • VA photo identification card.
  • Payment. See the “Fees for Virginia Driving Records" section below.

By Mail

To order a Virginia driving record by mail, you'll need:

  • A written request OR a completed Virginia Information Request (Form CRD 93).
    • Include your full name, address, Social Security number, as well as the reason for your driving record request.
  • Payment. See the “Fees for Virginia Driving Records" section below.

Mail your completed form and payment to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Vehicle (Driver) Records Work Center
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269

The VA DMV will mail your driving record to you.

Fees for Virginia Driving Records

You must pay the following fees for each type of driving record in Virginia:

  • Uncertified, ordered in person or by mail: $9.
  • Uncertified, ordered online: $8.
  • Certified: additional $5 fee.

Reduced Rates For Employment Transcripts

The VA DMV offers no charge or a reduced fee for employment transcripts in certain cases.

No Charge

There is no charge for requests by:

  • Federal, state, or local governmental agencies, such as:
    • Law enforcement attorney for the Commonwealth.
    • State/federal courts.
    • Local government self-insurance pool.
  • Volunteer fire company or rescue squad.
    • You must be able to show the fire company or rescue squad needs the transcript to establish your qualifications.
    • Written proof of your membership is required.
  • Special advocate program (court-appointed).
    • You must be able to show your volunteer application.

Reduced Fee

If you have applied with one of the following organizations, you may submit written proof that you are an applicant eligible to receive a reduced employment transcript fee:

  • Big Brothers or Big Sisters of America (Virginia affiliate).
  • Compeer (Virginia affiliate).
  • Volunteer vehicle operator with:
    • American Red Cross in Virginia.
    • Civil Air Patrol in Virginia.
    • Faith in Action.

For more information, please contact your local VA DMV office.

Accepted Payment Methods


  • Electronic check (e-check).
  • Credit or debit card:
    • Discover.
    • MasterCard.
    • VISA.
    • America Express.

In Person:

  • Cash.
  • Check.
  • Electronic check (e-check).
  • Money order.
  • Credit or debit card:
    • Discover.
    • MasterCard.
    • VISA.
    • American Express.

By Mail:

  • Check or money order.

NOTE: Checks and money orders must be made payable to the “Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles."

Correct or Improve Your Driving Record

Correct Your Driving Record

If you suspect any information on your Virginia driving or vehicle record is incorrect, you should contact the VA DMV office.

It is important to ensure all information on your VA driving record is accurate. Incorrect information can lead to fines, increased insurance premiums, and even a driver's license suspension.

Remove Points from Your Driving Record

If you operate your vehicle for a full calendar year without any violations or suspensions, you will earn a “safe driving point" from the VA DMV.

You will receive your safe driving point in early April for the previous calendar year. You may collect a total of 5 points over the course of 5 years.

You can also earn safe driving points in Virginia by completing a driver improvement clinic. For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in Virginia page.

National Driver Register Records

The National Driver Register (NDR) is a database that tracks your driving history (from participating states), including:

  • Driver license suspensions or revocations.
  • Serious traffic convictions (due to alcohol or drugs).

To request an NDR record, the application process will differ depending on if you're an employer requesting someone else's record or requesting your own. Obtaining a NDR record could provide additional information not listed on your Virginia driving record.

Employer Requests

If you're an employer requesting the NDR record of a current or prospective employee in Virginia, you must complete a National Driver Register File Check Employer Request (Form DL 55).

Your current/potential employee on the form must submit the document either:

  • In person at a local VA DMV office with proof of their identity.
    • Contact the VA DMV to find out what documents they accept.
  • By mail to the VA DMV via the address listed on the form.
    • Your signature must be notarized.

Individual Requests

To order a copy of your own NDR record, you must complete a National Driver Register File Check Individual Request (Form DL 56) and submit it either:

  • In person at your local VA DMV office with proof of your identity.
    • Contact the VA DMV to find out what documents they accept.
  • By mail to the VA DMV via the address listed on the form.
    • Your signature must be notarized.


DL 56

Use this form to request your own National Driver Register record from the VA Department of Motor Vehicles.

DL 55

Used by Virginia employers to request the National Driver Register record of a current or potential employee.

CRD 93

Request VA driver OR vehicle records from the Department of Motor Vehicles for purposes allowed by law.

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