Have you ever wondered exactly what information is on your driving record, or how many points you have against your license? Ordering a copy of your driving record is a good way to keep track of what you’ve been up to all of these years. Getting your driving record will help you to know what you need to do to clean up your license and/or reduce your insurance rates.
What Information Can be Found?
Most states maintain a record of all tickets and violations for three to five years. Some states even offer a ten-year record.
The record will show several types of information, like
- If your license is in good standing or of it has been suspended or revoked.
- Specifics about all violations, like:
- Description of the offense
- The violation code number
- The penalty for the offense
- When the offense took place
If your state utilizes a point system for drivers, the number of points for each offense will also be represented.
How to Order Your Driving Record
Ordering a driving record is quite simple and can be done one of two ways. You can order it directly from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, or from a third-party vendor.
You can go to your local DMV office and order the record in person, or by mail. Some states also allow for a telephone or online order. Third-party vendors also let drivers order their records by mail, phone or online.
Driving records are a matter of public record, but you should be prepared to pay a fee and to prove your identity in order to obtain the information.
What To Do With The Information
If the record is clean (no tickets or offenses) then you file it away and move on. If it is not, there are steps that can be taken to clean it up.
Sometimes simply paying a fine is enough to erase points. Some offenses require a certain amount of time for them to be removed. Others require taking some sort of driver training course to be taken in order for them to go away. These courses can also lower your points (if applicable in your state), and lower your insurance premiums, and there’s nothing wrong with that! To find out if you can take advantage of this last tip, check with our friends at ApprovedCourse.com.
Sometimes there are mistakes. If there is an offense listed that you need to be resolved, contact the court that handled the citation and/or the DMV to determine if the error is theirs or yours.