Driver records are handled a bit differently in Illinois. The Office of the Secretary of State (SOS) is the agency in charge of them. This government agency is like the Department of Motor Vehicles (Illinois DMV) in other states. They follow strict Driver Privacy Protection Laws (DPPL) in regard to these records.
The Illinois SOS offers a few different ways to get reports. They have set up a dedicated online portal so individuals can request a driver abstract easily. They also have a downloadable form someone can use to order one through the mail. Requestors can also visit a Driver Services facility in person to obtain one.
If requested by the individual named in the record, the report will contain personal information such as name, address, driver's license number, social security number, date of birth, and medical information. No personal information will be contained in a report supplied to a person other than listed within it. All reports will contain infractions, driver license status, any driver license revocations and suspensions, civil and criminal offenses, traffic citations, and accidents. These reports will also show the license expiration date, issue date, and license class, plus any endorsements.
The Illinois Secretary of State offers three ways for you to get a copy of your Illinois motor vehicle history report. Companies, however, are restricted to two methods.
For individuals, they can visit any Driver Services facility and fill out a form and pay the fee for a copy instantly. They may also use the online abstract tool to request one and pay with a credit card. They could also download the application form and mail it in with their payment (with a check or money order). Anyone paying with a credit card or debit card will have to pay an additional $1 fee.
Someone ordering a report for anyone other than themselves can visit a Driver Services facility in person or use the online abstract tool to order one. However, they must have notarized permission from the party listed. The SOS will alert the subject of the report ten days before they send out the record, so they have the chance to refuse permission. When requesting, they will need the person's full name, date of birth, driver's license number, and gender.
When ordering by mail, the user must send the completed application and payment to the Secretary of State, Driver Analysis Section, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL 62723.
Regardless of who requests the report, the cost for each copy will be $12. These are certified copies. The town of Springfield charges an additional 50 cents per photocopy and $2 for certification. Online they accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
Residents of the state must be 18 or older to get an Illinois driver's license. Someone 16 or 17 can apply but only with a parent or guardian's permission after completing a safe driver course and logging more than 50 hours of supervised driving.
Illinois uses a point system (demerits) for traffic violations and moving violations. If a person incurs too many in a short amount of time, they will lose their license for a period of time or indefinitely.
Distracted driving is a law that the state takes very seriously. Anyone over the age of 19 is allowed to use a Bluetooth device for phone calls and voice-activated actions while driving. However, drivers cannot use a headset while driving.
The state also has strict laws regarding safety belt usage and airbags along with child safety seats.
Speeding is another serious infraction within the state. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits follow these guidelines:
The right of way laws require that a driver must yield the right of way to other drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians:
Some common point violations are:
The state offers only one type of driver report called a Driver Abstract.
A driver abstract contains personal information about the driver (supplied to the SOS when applying for their license). PII will only show on reports given to the actual individual. Others will receive a report with only infractions, accidents, points, license status, revocations, and suspensions.
Criminal driving offenses in the state are very serious and may include steep fines and jail or prison time for punishment. Offenders may be ordered to take a safe driving course or attend other programs before getting their license back.
Reckless driving is one very serious offense in the state and may include excessive speeding, disregard for traffic lights and signs, erratic lane changes, and inattentive driving actions such as texting while driving.
Other criminal driving offenses include vehicular manslaughter, DUI/DWI, hit and run accident, driving without a valid license, fleeing a peace officer, and driving without auto insurance.
On the other hand, civil driving offenses are far less severe and usually will be handled by a warning (citation) or a ticket/fine. Some examples would be:
According to Top Driver, Illinois car crashes have increased despite the pandemic and quarantine orders. Some driver statistics include:
The types of automobile-related fatalities include:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
The state takes DPPA laws very seriously, and only one of the listed entities on the application may get a copy of your driving record. These include law enforcement, insurance companies, employers (with your permission), a parent or guardian, your legal representative, immediate family member, vehicle dealership, and yourself. Although some information is contained in public records and may be found in a background check, personal information will be protected.
Yes. They have set up a nice online services system where you can quickly and easily obtain a copy of your own driving record. When ordering, you must have your driver's license number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number. You must also supply the issue date and expiration date on your license and the class, and your weight (as listed on the license). When paying online expect to pay an additional payment processor fee of $1.
The Secretary of State has put together a web page where you can search for the nearest location of a Driver Services facility where you can request a copy there.
When requesting a copy for someone other than yourself, you must either visit a Driver Services facility in person or use the application by mail. You must have the person's information, but the report will contain no PII. It will also take ten days, during which the person will be notified of your request.
Yes. The state uses a very aggressive point system for driving violations, and too many on your license will mean you will lose the right to drive.
The fee for a driving abstract, regardless of how you obtain it, is $12.
Below are some helpful state driving record links.
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