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The Georgia Department of Driver Services (the state's version of a DMV) is the state agency that handles all motor vehicle record requests. They maintain records and provide copies to individuals and organizations. However, if someone needs a copy for someone other than themselves, they need the driver's signature due to the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services offers three types of records, a 3-year and 7-year non-certified copy or a lifetime certified copy of their motor vehicle record (MVR). The certified copy is for insurance, employment, and other official purposes and will be stamped official by the DDS agency. Businesses that request these reports often can sign up for bulk pricing (more than 50 requests per year).

A typical motor vehicle report will show the person's name, address, license status, traffic violations, citations, DUIs, reported accidents, any license suspensions or revocations, and medical information. It may also include personal details (with an individual copy) such as the person's social security number, birth date, height, weight, hair and ‘eye color, and driver's license number.

How to Request a Georgia Driving Record

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) offers four ways for individuals and companies to get a copy of someone's driving record. First, they have created a mobile app where drivers can view the past two years of history for free. They can also request (certified or non-certified) copies sent to them for a fee.

Drivers can also create an online account and order copies of their driving records that way. Users can pay using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. They can also print out a payment coupon and mail in a check, cashier's check, or money order.

Individuals can also order by mail by downloading the application, completing it, and sending in their payment. When ordering by mail, they will need their full name, license number, date of birth, home address, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. They must send all that with payment to:

Georgia Department of Driver Services
MVR Request
P.O. Box 80447
Conyers, Georgia 30013

The fourth way people can get a copy of their MVR is by visiting any Georgia DDS customer service center in person. There is one in Atlanta. They can download the form and fill it out before arriving. However, they must bring proper ID (for the licensee) and payment.

Georgia Driving Record Cost

Georgia's Department of Driver Services offers three different types of reports, and they take electronic payments, credit cards, and paper checks. The cost for each is:

  • Three-year MVR report - $6.
  • Seven-year MVR report - $8.
  • Lifetime MVR report - $8.

The driver must select either non-certified or certified copy when ordering.

Driving Laws in Georgia

Georgia's driving laws include infractions that earn a citation, a ticket, or even civil and criminal actions that are punishable by jail or prison time and steep fines. Some of the driving laws in Georgia include:

  • You must have car insurance in Georgia. If an officer stops you and you do not, you may be fined, and your car may be towed
  • Georgia has strict hands-free laws and does not allow texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. Drivers must use hands-free devices instead
  • If you drive too slowly, you may be ticketed in Georgia
  • You must slow down and move over when you see police, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and garbage trucks working in the road
  • Headlines are required by law to be on during the rain
  • If you come upon a traffic light that's out, treat it like a four-way stop
  • Seatbelts are required by law

Georgia uses a point system for infractions, and those points go on the driver's motor vehicle report. The Georgia Department of Driver Services says, "A driver with 15 points in a 24-month period will have their license suspended. Licensed Georgia residents may request that the Department of Driver Services reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia driver's license."

Some typical driving violations and their point associations include:

  • Aggressive Driving - 6 Points
  • Reckless Driving - 4 Points
  • Unlawful Passing School Bus - 6 Points
  • Improper Passing on Hill or Curve - 4 Points

Speeding:

  • 15 to 18 mph over the speed limit- 2 Points
  • 19 to 23 mph over the speed limit - 3 Points
  • 24 to 33 mph over the speed limit - 4 Points
  • 34 mph or more over the speed limit - 6 Points
  • Failure to Obey Traffic-Control Device - 3 Points
  • Failure to Obey Police Officer - 3 Points
  • Possessing an Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving - 2 Points
  • Failure to Adequately Secure Load (except fresh farm produce), resulting in an Accident - 2 Points
  • Violation of Child Safety Restraint 1st Offense - 1 Point
  • 2nd or Subsequent Offense - 2 Points
  • Violation of usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements - 1 Point
  • Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging - 1 Point
  • Improper Use of Designated Travel Lane - 4th and Subsequent Offense - 1 Point
  • All Other Moving Violations - 3 Points

Different Types of Driving Records in Georgia

The state of Georgia has three different types of driver reports available. The most common are listed below:

3-Year Driver History Record

Georgia offers a 3-year driving history record that shows all infractions, tickets, criminal and civil violations, as well as license suspensions, revocations, points, and personal demographic information for the past three years. Drivers can request a non-certified or certified copy of this record.

7-Year Driver History Record

Georgia offers a 7-year driving history record that shows all infractions, tickets, criminal and civil violations, as well as license suspensions, revocations, points, and personal demographic information for the past seven years. Drivers can request a non-certified or certified copy of this record.

Lifetime Driver History Record

The lifetime driver history record will also contain the same information above but for a much longer period since the person first obtained a driver's license. Drivers can request a non-certified or certified copy of this record.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses in the state of Georgia carry steeper fines and sometimes jail or prison time. Some are considered felonies, and other misdemeanors. Some common criminal driving offenses in the state are reckless driving which is defined as "in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property." It may include speeding, changing lanes quickly, or tailgating. Reckless driving can cost the driver up to $1,000 and 12 months in jail. They will also have a misdemeanor on their criminal record.

Some other criminal driving offenses in Georgia include:

  • DUI - driving while intoxicated
  • Driving without your headlights on is a misdemeanor
  • Vehicular manslaughter - a felony
  • Texting while driving
  • Not using a child restraint
  • Open alcohol container in the car
  • Improper passing on hill or curve
  • Passing a school bus
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding more than 20 mph over the speed limit

Someone driving with an expired registration, a hit-and-run accident, or racing on a highway will result in an automatic suspension of the driver's license. If someone gets a DUI or drives without insurance, they may lose their license.

If the driver injures someone due to reckless or negligent behavior, it may be considered a felony offense. If they kill the person, they could be sentenced from 3-15 years in prison.

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses in Georgia are less serious offenses that often involve non-moving violations. They typically carry only a warning or ticket (fine) that the driver has to pay. He or she can fight the matter in court. Some civil driving offenses include:

  • Not stopping at a red light or stop sign
  • Parking in a no-parking zone
  • Expired parking meter
  • Speeding below 20 mph over the speed limit
  • Unlawful modification of the vehicle
  • Broken taillight
  • Driving without an inspection sticker
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Not yielding at a yield sign
  • Driving the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Making an illegal U-turn
  • Parking in a handicapped spot without the proper credentials
  • Excessive muffler noise
  • Parking in front of a fire hydrant

State Driving Records Statistics

The Governor of Georgia posted some statistics on highway safety in the state, and they include:

  • Georgia saw 1,504 traffic-related deaths in 2018
  • The traffic deaths in 2018 were equal to a 2.3% decrease from the previous year
  • Average annual traffic accidents: 342,534
  • The Average number of persons injured in traffic accidents: 133,555

The top reasons for traffic accidents in Georgia are:

  • Following too closely
  • Failure to yield
  • Driver lost control of the vehicle
  • Improper lane change
  • Unsafe or illegal speed
  • Object or animal in the roadway
  • Disregard stop/signal
  • Weather conditions

One out of every six crashes involve a large truck, and rural counties have higher fatal crash averages.

Driving Records Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

How to Get a Copy of Your Georgia Driver's Records?

The state of Georgia makes it very easy to get a copy of your driving report by using their custom mobile app, DDS 2 GO. You can order one using their online system, in person at any DDS customer service center, or through the mail by downloading the application and sending it in with your payment.

Can I Order a Georgia MVR Online?

Yes, or you can use the DDS 2 GO mobile app to view the past two years for free or order a 3-year, 7-year, or lifetime report mailed to you.

Can I Print My Report Out?

Yes. When using their online services, you can view the report for 30 days then it will expire. A non-certified report is available for printing, but you cannot download it to your computer. A certified MVR cannot be viewed online, but it will be mailed to you with a seal on it. You must provide proper identification when ordering.

What if I Need a Lot of Reports?

If you are an auto insurance company or employer who needs a lot of driving reports, you can sign up for a bulk plan (more than 50 per year) with discount pricing.

When Are Points Not Added to my License?

Points will not be added to your license under the following conditions:

  • Speeding convictions less than 15 miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit
  • Convictions of driving "Too Fast for Conditions.'
  • If you are a Non-Georgia Resident

How Do I Get Points Removed from My License?

You may request that up to 7 points be removed from your license every five years. Additionally, you must complete a certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course. 

Once you complete the Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course:

  • Bring the original certificate of completion to a DDS Customer Service Center
  • or you can request a Points reduction by Mail. Mail the original certificate of completion to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, P. O. Box 80447, Conyers, Georgia 30013

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

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