How Do I Get a Copy of My Driver Record?


When applying for a position that involves operating a company vehicle, such as a courier or sales representative using a company car, your prospective employer will need to access your driving record during a pre-employment driving record check. Each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) maintains a driving records database. Employers must perform a driver’s license check to promote road safety, reduce liability, and hire reliable employees.

Obtaining a copy of your own driving record is advisable for employment purposes. Even if you have a good memory and can recall details of when you were pulled over and cited for speeding or other violations, it’s not always possible to be sure how long those offenses remain on your record.

Checking your driver’s license periodically is the best way to remain knowledgeable about your point totals, classification status, moving violations, expiration date, fines, and other relevant information to give you confidence during employment screening.

Always remember that while a certified copy of a driver’s license may seem convenient, it is generally not considered official identification.

You can check your driver record at any time. Your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) is part of the public record. Still, nobody can randomly access these reports—most states first require the driver’s consent. However, since the record pertains to you, and permission is implicit, you can check your driver record on demand.

How much does an MVR cost?

There are several strategies you can use to check your driving record. The first option is via the DMV website, where you can request unofficial free instant record checks. However, if you need your official vehicle records, there’s a more formal request process, either in person or online—under $10. Remember to make your requests well in advance because the DMV usually needs time to process them.

Nevertheless, keep the following in mind with free checks:

  • Limited information: Free online DMV record copies may offer less information than the paid versions.
  • Official and non-official. Most free copies, such as job applications, may be unsuitable for official use.

The second option is your insurance agent. If your insurer has recently accessed your record, you could ask them for a free copy of your official driving record. Not all agencies will oblige, but it’s worth asking.

The third, most reliable option is to use a professional, reasonably priced third-party background check company. At, we offer an Instant Motor Vehicle Report self-check service that only you can use to access your MVR at a reasonable fee. This service, available in most states, delivers an instant copy of your official driving record report.

You can use this check to see how many points are on your driver’s license, your driving status, expiration date, and the infractions your record reflects. You can correct inaccuracies, review your details and understand what employers or insurance companies will see when they request it. Review a sample report of our service to see what you can expect.

The process is quick and straightforward. Complete the online form by adding your first and last name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and legal street address. Click on start search for your report.

Driver Privacy Protection Act

The Driver's Privacy Protection Act restricts access to personal information in driver's license records to prevent unwanted invasions of privacy.

The Department of Transport (DOT) establishes national safety standards for road use in the United States. Individual DMVs implement these standards and regulate driver licensing and vehicle registration within their state.

As mentioned, although your MVR is on public record, potential employers cannot access your information without your consent. Since much of your personal information, such as your social security number, date of birth, driving history and many other private aspects, appear on your record, safety and privacy need not be a concern.

The Driver's License Data Verification (DLDV) is a service from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) that allows authorized entities to verify the accuracy of driver's license information. It outlines penalties for organizations or individuals who unlawfully obtain or disclose driver's license information.

However, many organizations must verify identities and driver’s license data for employment background checks, car rental, age verification, etc. AAMVA protects drivers’ information by establishing limited permissions.

DMVs are not allowed to convey the following without consent:

  • Social Security Number
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth (except for certain purposes)
  • Medical or disability Information

At, we take every precaution to protect your data and enable you to confirm your driving history, whether you’re changing insurance providers or aiming to improve your motor vehicle record for commercial purposes.

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