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What Does a Public Driving Record Report Include?

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Different jurisdictions in each state manage driving records. Therefore, finding driving records for a specific person can be very challenging. Because driving records are very decentralized and maintained at the county or city level where the incident took place, it can be time-consuming to find them. Using InfoTracer's powerful search engine, you can access millions of nationwide driving records instantly, including criminal violations such as reckless driving. Try a free scan today using the person's name and state. The types of information you can find in our driving record reports include when available:

  • Driver Information
  • Offense Details
  • Speeding Violations
  • Traffic Citations
  • Police Details
  • Law Enforcement Agency
  • Court Information
  • Fines Paid
  • Criminal Convictions
  • And More

What are Driving Records?

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Driving records are information about someone's driving history. These records are created and maintained at the local, county, and state levels by government agencies. Driving records are public records and contain driving history information like traffic tickets, DUIs, DWIs, accidents, and other driving-related violations. Additionally, the data may include the driver’s name, contact information, offenses, criminal and civil driving infractions, police details, the agency that created the record, court information, fines paid, and more.

Types of Driving Records

Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated are serious driving crimes. Depending on the circumstances, the number of repeat convictions, and the state laws, a DUI/DWI may be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. Sometimes these convictions stay on your permanent record forever. Punishment is usually jail time, fines, losing your driver's license, points, and participation in a drug or alcohol treatment program.

Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

Traffic violations include speeding and parking tickets, broken tail light violations, and other minor infractions where local law enforcement gives the driver a ticket to pay, but they are not required to show up in court. These types of items may stay on someone's driving record for three to five years but then may drop off.

Driving Convictions

Driving Convictions

Driving convictions include reckless driving, vehicular manslaughter, careless driving, passing a school bus, disobeying traffic signs and lights, vehicle theft, and other serious driving-related crimes. These offenses are punishable by fines, jail or prison time, the loss of a driver's license, and court-ordered participation in a safe driving course.



Accidents reported to the local police or DMV show up in driving records. These may also show up on VIN reports for potential drivers, so they don't buy a car that has suffered severe damage. In addition, auto insurance companies consult driving reports to look for accidents before setting driver insurance rates.

Driving Points

Driving Points

Many U.S. states use a demerit point system for infractions, convictions, and other violations. When a driver earns too many points in a short period of time, the DMV or similar agency may revoke or suspend their driver's license for a few months or indefinitely. The driver may have to take a safe driving class and pay hefty fines to get their license back.

The Agency Behind Driving Records

In most U.S. states, the department of motor vehicles creates, maintains, and stores official driving records. They also issue them upon request for a fee. The department of transportation and department of revenue handles these matters in a few states. Typically, the same agency that handles driver's licenses, automobile registrations and issues license plates is the same agency that handles driving reports. Some of these agencies offer online services but others may require you to visit in person. When requesting information, you will need to provide your identification card.

Public vs. Official Driving Records

Public vs. Official Driving Records

Driving records are governed by the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, enacted in 1994, which is a federal law limiting the exposure of personal information. Each state in the U.S. also has its own DPPA laws that may limit access even further. Typically, certain people with specific legal purposes to access driving records are the only ones allowed to request them. The law is designed to protect someone’s social security number, date of birth, driver identification number, contact information, home address (not the zip code), phone number, medical and disability information. The U.S. government lists fourteen permissible uses for driver records. InfoTracer’s data comes from public driving records sources, and you do not need a purpose to access them.

InfoTracer is not a consumer reporting agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Agency (FCRA) and does not provide FCRA compliant consumer reports. InfoTracer does not permit the use of information obtained from their service for use in discriminating against any consumer or for the purposes of determining a consumer's eligibility for personal credit, insurance, employment, housing, licenses, or benefits. It also does not permit the use of gathered information for any purpose related to a consumer's economic or financial standing or status.

Frequently Asked Questions About Driving Records

Which States do Not Share Driving Records?

The District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are the only six states that do not share driving records with other states. All other states do share driving records.

Which States Share Driving Records?

All states except the District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin share driver records with other states.

How to Get Driving Records

You can contact your state motor vehicle agency for a certified copy of your own driver history at any time. To find records for another individual, you can request records in person, by mail, or online. You may need to obtain a record request form and pay a fee. You may also need to provide your own ID card. Check with your state’s .gov website for more information. You can also use InfoTracer’s powerful search engine to find nationwide driving records within minutes.

How Long do Points Stay on Your Record?

How long points stay on your record depends on the state you live in and its policies regarding points. In some cases, the points will remain there forever. In other cases, you may be able to request removal if you take a safe driver course or stay conviction-free for a few years. You may need to take a driving test or perform other driver services to get these points removed. Someone with a commercial driver license (CDL) may have difficulty getting points removed.

Where do Insurance Companies Get Driving Records?

Insurance companies tap into official DMV (or other state agency) records to check for accidents, violations, and convictions. Before a provider will ensure a new motorist, they must determine their safety factor and set rates.

How Much is a Speeding Ticket?

Each U.S. state has different rules about driving violations, and they set their own rates for speeding. Typically, speeding tickets are charged based on how fast the driver is going above the speed limit. Therefore, the faster they were going, the more the ticket. The average speeding ticket in America is around $150. However, if the driver chooses to fight the ticket, other court costs or fees may be added.

How Many Points for a Speeding Ticket?

Not all states use a points system. However, the states that use a points system have different point designations for speeding tickets. For example, in New Hampshire, if you are speeding 1-24 MPH over the speed limit, you will get 3 points on your license. However, in Massachusetts, you will only earn 2 points on your license for that same speed.

What is a DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious driving violation. A DUI is when someone drives with alcohol in their system. The federal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%. Each state determines the BAC limit and when to charge a driver with a conviction. Some states charge an offender with a BAC level of only 0.01%. It depends highly on the state laws and how they view the crime.

What is a DWI?

A DWI stands for driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired. Some U.S. states view a DUI, and DWI the same, and others see them very differently. A DWI may include someone who is impaired due to prescription or recreational drugs, not just alcohol. If someone fails a sobriety test, they may be charged with a DUI or DWI, depending on where they are stopped and the local laws.

What is a Moving Violation?

A moving violation is a traffic offense that occurs when the vehicle is in motion. Some examples may include running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, failing to yield, speeding, and other infractions. The severity of a moving violation varies by jurisdiction, and some are considered misdemeanors and other felonies. Although many result in just a traffic ticket/fine, other offenses may include the loss of a driver’s license, steep fines, jail time, and court-ordered programs.

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You understand, agree, acknowledge, and affirm under the penalty of perjury under 28 U.S.C. § 1746 that you may conduct a motor vehicle record search only for a purpose permitted under the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2721, et seq., as amended, and as supplemented or restricted by the laws, rules and regulations of the state from which the motor vehicle record is sought (collectively, DPPA Laws). By proceeding, you represent that you are aware of and understand the requirements and restrictions of the DPPA Laws, and that you are conducting your search for a purpose authorized by the DPPA Laws. You understand, agree, and acknowledge that your use of motor vehicle records for any purpose other than a permitted purpose under the DPPA Laws may subject you to criminal fines for non-compliance and to civil liability in the form of a private right of action, including actual and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless and its offices, directors, agents, employees, partners, affiliates, licensors, and data providers from and against any third-party claims, demands, expenses or liabilities of whatever nature or kind, due to or arising from your violation of the DPPA Laws. As required by the DPPA, we will retain a record of your request, including your name and permitted purpose(s).

You further understand, agree, and acknowledge that the use of motor vehicle records also is governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq. By proceeding, you represent that you will not use any motor vehicle records, in whole or in part, (a) to discriminate against any consumer; (b) for the purpose of considering a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, or a government license or benefit; or (c) otherwise to affect a consumer’s economic or financial status or standing.