The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Indiana BMV) is the government agency in charge of driver records. The agency is like a department of motor vehicles (DMV) in other states. They collect, store, and manage records and supply copies to those who need them.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers a couple of different ways to get a report. They have an online tool where the user can view their report instantly, and it is free to use. They also offer an Official Driver Record (ODR) for the purposes of employment or verification with other agencies. These must be purchased but can be ordered online or through the mail.
According to the BMV, "The record shows current and resolved court-ordered license suspensions, citations, violations and other entries impacting your record - including reinstatement fees owed to the BMV." Each record will also have the person's name, date of birth, social security number, height, weight, and medical information. Only authorized individuals will receive those personal details. Some examples of offenses listed on the report will include DUIs, reckless driving, driving without a license, along with any license revocations.
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has an online portal where individuals and companies can request copies. For the individual, they can log in and view their driver record for free at any time, looking for points or other infractions. If an employer or other agency requires an official report, they can use the same portal to order one of those.
They also have kiosks around the state where people can request copies.
The BMV also has a downloadable form someone can use to order a copy of a motor vehicle history or driving record and even an insurance verification letter. When paying by mail you can use a check or money order. Online you must pay via credit card.
Individuals can use the online system to view their own driver record for free. However, if they or someone else needs their driving history for an official purpose, they must order one. A regular driving report will cost $4, and a full driving history record will be $8. They also offer proof of insurance reports, and the requestor can request multiple things at one time.
However, when requesting, the person needs to supply their own contact information, the reason for the request (they must comply with strict DPPA laws), and the driver's name, license number, date of birth, the last four digits of their social security number, and their mailing address.
Residents must be 21 years or older to apply for a permanent driver's license in the state. Prior to 21, they may be issued a probationary license to begin driving. Teens, age 16 or older may apply for a probationary license after completing a driver education program.
Indiana assigns a point value for all moving violations, and offenders will earn points on their driving record as infractions pile up. When they get too many points on their license, they may lose their license for a few months or forever. Some common point violations per the BMV are:
Some speeding violations:
Anyone convicted of two or more driving violations in the state within a 12-month period is required to attend a BMV-approved Driver Safety Program (DSP).
According to the BMV, "An HTV (habitual offender) is any person who, within a 10-year period, accumulates two judgments resulting in injury or death. Below is a reference of some of the criminal offenses that will result in an HTV status being placed on your driving privileges. These include:
An HTV is any person who, within a 10-year period, accumulates three judgments including:
Drivers who, within a 10-year period, accumulate three judgments from the above list will have their driving privileges suspended for 10 years.
The state offers a few different types of driver records upon request.
The driver record will show the person's name, address, license status, suspensions or revocations, moving violations, traffic citations, and points on their license. It will also show their license class (CDL, etc.) and any endorsements and driving restrictions.
The full driving history record will show all civil and criminal violations going back to when they first got their license. This is an official certified record and may be used by auto insurance companies, employers, law enforcement, and other agencies for official purposes. This report may include personal information and must comply with Driver Privacy Protection Laws (DPPA). It could be used in a background check.
The state also offers a proof of insurance document they can send out to verify that the driver does have an active insurance policy in place.
Criminal driving offenses in Indian are serious affairs with heavy punishments such as steep fines, community service, jail or prison time, and other court-ordered program attendance. Some examples of criminal driving offenses include reckless driving, aggressive driving, operating while intoxicated (OWI), distracted driving (includes texting), DUI or drunk driving, as well as other charges.
Reckless driving is a very serious offense and may include:
The punishment for a first offense of reckless driving could be 60-days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If there is property damage, that jail time could be double. If someone is injured, the offender will earn a Class A misdemeanor, pay up to $5,000, and could spend a year in jail.
Some other serious criminal driving offenses include:
Civil offenses are much less severe and usually end up with the offender paying a fine. If they want to argue the point, they can show up in court and fight it. Often an officer may give the person a citation (warning) rather than a ticket.
Some examples of civil driving offenses are:
Indiana average roughly 1,000 traffic-related deaths per year and more than 50,000 non-fatal injuries due to car crashes. The four main reasons for car crashes in the state are:
Some other crash statistics from 2016 include:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
According to the order form for a driving record, only people with a valid reason can get a copy of your driving record. This includes yourself, insurance providers, law enforcement, a legal guardian or lawyer, government agency, company in the normal course of business, toll company, private investigator, and others with authorization.
Yes. The state of Indiana has a nice portal where you can order a certified copy or view your non-certified information online.
Anyone who earns two or more traffic violations in a 12-month period will be ordered to complete a BMV-approved Driver Safety Program (DSP). You may lose your license until you do. Your insurance rates may also go up after some violations.
As long as you can prove your need for the information based on DPPA laws, you can get a report for someone else. Those records will contain personally identifiable information (PII).
Yes, they do, and the points range from 2-10 for each traffic violation. Even some civil violations earn points on your license. It's important to get as few as possible, or you could lose your license.
You may see your height, weight, hair, eye color, and other defining characteristics along with your full name, address, birthdate, driver's license number, and social security number. Other information includes CDL classifications, points, traffic offenses, traffic tickets, restrictions, suspensions, convictions, along with notes and remarks from the BMV. It will also show your license issue and expiration dates.
Below are some helpful state driving record links.
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