You can’t know the answer to any of these questions without getting a copy of your driver record. Even if you have a good memory and can easily recall the what, when, and where of the times you were pulled over and cited for speeding or other violations, it can be hard to know for sure how long those
First, know you can check your driving record at any time. Motor Vehicle Reports (or MVRs)
There are several strategies you can use to check your driver record. The first option is to go through the DMV. Going through the DMV, you can get an unofficial copy of your record instantly online. However, if you need an official copy for any reason, you will have to go through a more formal request process, either in person or online. Expect to pay about $10 to access your records. Also, plan ahead, because as is customary with the DMV, things don’t move quickly when you request an official copy of your record.
The second option is to go through your insurance agent. If your insurance company is pulling your record anyway, you can sometimes ask them to give you a free copy of your official driving record. Not all agencies will oblige, but some will. The drawback here is if you want to check your record for inaccuracies before someone at the insurance company sees it, getting the record from the insurance company is obviously not ideal.
The third option is to go through a third-party background check company. At backgroundchecks.com, we offer a convenient self-check service for pulling your MVR. This service, available in most states, delivers an instant copy of your driving record. You can use this check to see how many points are on your driver’s license, what your driving status is, and what infractions are still on your record. Whether you are checking for inaccuracies or simply reminding yourself what your MVR looks like—and what employers or insurance companies will see when they request it—a backgroundchecks.com self-check will give you the information you need.
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Michael Klazema is the lead author and editor for Dallas-based backgroundchecks.com with a focus on human resource and employment screening developments