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How to Check Your Driving Record: A State-by-State Guide

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If you want to check your credit report, you can head over to MyCreditReport.com to request your record regardless of where you live. But, if you’re wondering how to check your driving record, you’ll need to do a little state-specific research. The process for checking a DMV record varies by state.

Why Check Your Driving Record?

Just as it’s a good idea to check your credit report for errors regularly, it’s also a good idea to periodically check your driving record.

Any errors on your driving record could affect your insurance premiums and potentially count against you if you’re trying to get hired for a job that requires a clean driving record. If you live in a state that uses the point system, double check to make sure that your driving record shows the correct amount of points.

Depending on what state you live in, you may be able to view the following information on your driving record:

  • License classifications
  • The status of your driver’s license
  • The expiration date of your driver’s license
  • Record of traffic accidents
  • Convictions for moving violations or imparied driving
  • Points, fees, fines, and citations
  • Any drivers courses you have completed

Once you receive your record, make sure to check for errors, including any mistakes in your contact information.

How to Check Your Driving Record

States usually require drivers to submit a formal request for a driving record along with a minor fee of somewhere between $5 and $25 on average. Some states, like Indiana, permit drivers to view an unofficial record for free and only charge a fee for a certified record. Some states refer to driving records as “motor vehicle records” or MVRs.

Sometimes motorists can get a DMV driving record online and other times they must request these records via mail or in person. Depending on where you live, you may need to contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles branch or you may be required to contact another transportation-related agency.

When you make your formal request to check your driving record, you’ll likely be asked for your current driver’s license number, so be sure to have that ready when you pull up your state’s request forms.

How to Check Your Driving Record in All 50 States and D.C.

Each state’s driving record check process is a little different. Click on your state’s link below to learn more about checking your DMV driving record where you live:

AL

Law Enforcement Agency

AK

Department of Administration Division of Motor
Vehicles

AZ

Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle
Division

AR

Department of Finance and
Administration

CA

Department of Motor Vehicles

CO

Department of Revenue

CT

Department of Motor Vehicles

DE

Division of Motor Vehicles

DC

Department of Motor Vehicles

FL

Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles

GA

Department of Driver Services

HI

Department of Transportation

ID

Transportation Department

IL

Office of the Secretary of State

IN

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

IA

Department of Transportation

KS

Department of Revenue

KY

Transportation Cabinet

LA

Office of Motor Vehicles

ME

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

MD

Motor Vehicle Administration

MA

Registry of Motor Vehicles

MI

Department of State

MN

Department of Transportation

MS

Department of Public Safety

MO

Department of Revenue

MT

Department of Justice

NE

Department of Motor Vehicles

NV

Department of Motor Vehicles

NH

Division of Motor Vehicles

NJ

Motor Vehicle Commission

NM

Motor Vehicle Division

NY

Department of Motor Vehicles

NC

Division of Motor Vehicles

ND

Department
of Transportation Drivers License Division

OH

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

OK

Department of Public Safety

OR

Department of Transportation Driver and Motor
Vehicle Services

PA

Department of Transportation

RI

Division of Motor Vehicles

SC

Department of Motor Vehicles

SD

Department of Public Safety

TN

Department of Safety and Homeland
Security

TX

Department of Public Safety Driver License
Division

UT

Department of Public Safety

VT

Department of Motor Vehicles

VA

Department of Motor Vehicles

WA

State Department of Licensing

WV

Division of Motor Vehicles

WI

Department of Transportation

WY

Department of Transportation

Do You Still Have Questions About How to Check Your Driving Record?

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Disclaimer

This article contains general legal information but does not constitute professional legal advice for your particular situation. The Law Dictionary is not a law firm, and this page does not create an attorney-client or legal adviser relationship. If you have specific questions, please consult a qualified attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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