How to Check a Driving Record

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

Obviously, knowing what your driving record is as well as how to check it online can both be very beneficial pieces of information to have. This is because knowing things like if you have a suspended license could easily mean the difference between resolving the issue or getting pulled over one day and taken to jail. In fact, did you know that in some states individuals who drive while suspended face a maximum sentence of a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine? For this reason it definitely pays to check your driving record from time to time. Fortunately, there are a number of ways this can be accomplished.

Utilize the DMV Website

Anyone can use the DMV website to look up their driving record. Unfortunately, you will have to pay a fee in order to use the service on the website to look up your record. However, anyone who has had experience with a suspended license will tell you that the fee is well worth the investment compared to what finding out something is wrong with your license by getting pulled over could cost you.

Check By State

It is also a good idea to do a search online for the BMV/DMV website by your individual states. This is because a lot of states have their own BMV/DMV website on which you can check your driving record for free. For example, the state of Indiana has a BMV website called MyBMV. Individuals living in that state can create an account for free on the website and login to view their driving record at any time. Individuals can also use the website to renew their license as well as paying any reinstatement fees they might owe on their license.

Important Difference

It is important to realize that while traffic tickets do go on your driving record and can affect the status of your license, you are not going to be able to see how much they cost or how to pay them on the BMV/DMV website. Unfortunately, traffic tickets can only be paid at the traffic court for the area you live in. Generally, you have to take a trip to the traffic count in order to pay your tickets. Keep in mind, most traffic courts do offer an online option for individuals to pay their traffic tickets. You would just have to do a search on the Internet or contact the traffic court to ask if they have an online pay option.

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