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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC), Division of Driver Licensing is the state agency in charge of driver records. They act as the department of motor vehicles (Kentucky DMV) like in other states. The agency issues copies of driver records to individuals and companies upon request.

However, they require that anyone requesting copies comply with federal and state Driver Privacy Protection Act laws. The KTC offers three types of reports and allows users to get a copy via three methods, in person, by mail, and also online using their online system. They provide 3-year and 5-year histories as well as clearance letters for employers and background check purposes.

Anyone can request a three-year report as it contains no personally identifiable information (PII) and could not be used for identity theft. However, the full driving history report includes things like name, home address, social security number, gender, date of birth, physical description, and medical info. It also contains a list of all licenses issued to the person, accidents, driver status, any traffic violations, DUIs, convictions, driver's license status, revocations, suspensions, administrative entries pursuant to driving privileges, CDL information, and more.

How to Request a Kentucky Driving History Report

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (on drive.ky.gov) offers users a variety of ways to get different reports. They have set up an online portal where visitors can easily request a 3-year report which contains no personal information. Individuals and companies can request a complete history report (which goes back five years) and has all the information, and they can also get clearance letters.

To request a three-year report which is available to the public, users can visit Kentucky Three-year Driving History Records. As soon as the user completes the order, the report will be emailed to them. They can access and print it for 14 days, then it will expire. They can pay online using American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. They can also pay by debit card. When paying online the user will also pay a convenience fee.

Requestors can also request a report in person at any Driver Licensing Field Office. They can pay fees with a money order, debit, or credit card, but the offices do not accept cash or personal checks.

A full driving history report is also available through the mail from the Division of Driver Licensing in Frankfort. They only accept certified cashier's checks or money orders. Individuals must have their name, mailing address, social security number, driver's license number, and date of birth when ordering.

Clearance letters can also be obtained through the mail or in person at a Drivers Licensing Regional Office.

Kentucky Motor Vehicle Records Cost

A three-year Driving History Records (DHR) costs $5.50 if purchased online. If the requestor visits in person or orders it by mail, the price is only $3.

Clearance letters also cost $3 each, but they cannot be purchased online. They must be obtained either by mail or in person at a licensing facility.

Driving Laws in the State

Kentucky uses a graduated licensing program for anyone under the age of 18. When someone is 16 years or older, they may apply for a driver's permit. They must comply with strict laws such as supervised driving; someone 21 or older must be in the car with them at all times, they must complete 60 hours of supervised driving before moving on, and they cannot drive after dark. A parent or guardian must approve their application. After 180 days with a learner's permit, the driver can apply for their intermediate license. They must pass a written and road test, and then they can only drive during daylight hours and with only one person in the car. After they turn 18, they can apply for their full license without any restrictions.

Kentucky has strict driving laws and uses a point system to keep track of violations. Too many violations in a short period of time may result in a license revocation or suspension, fines, and even jail time.

Some of the common offenses and points assigned are:

  • 10 mph or less over speed limit on limited-access highway - 0
  • 15 mph or more in CMV (out-of-state conviction-listed as serious offense only-no points) - 0
  • 11-15 mph over speed limit on limited-access highway - 3
  • 15 mph or less over speed limit on any non-limited access highway - 3
  • 15 mph over speed limit in CMV (commercial motor vehicle) - 3
  • Stop Violation (electric signal, railroad crossing, stop sign) - 3
  • Failure to Yield - 3
  • Wrong Way on One-Way Street - 3
  • Too Fast for Conditions - 3
  • Too Slow for Conditions - 3
  • Improper Driving - 3
  • Improper Start - 3
  • Improper Turn -3
  • Failure to Illuminate Headlights -3
  • Careless Driving -3
  • Failure to Dim Headlights -3
  • Improper Lane Usage -3
  • Improper Use Left Lane/Limited Access Highway -3
  • Failure to comply with Instructional Permit Requirements/Regulations -3
  • Failure to yield right-of-way to Funeral Procession -3
  • Any Other Moving Hazardous Violations -3
  • Texting while driving - 3
  • Reckless Driving - 4
  • Following Too Closely - 4
  • Driving on Wrong Side of Roadway - 4
  • Changing Drivers in a Moving Vehicle - 4
  • Vehicle Not Under Control - 4
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle - 4
  • Improper Passing - 5
  • 16-25 mph over speed limit on any road or highway - 6
  • Commission of Moving Hazardous Violation Involving an Accident - 6
  • Combination of any Two or More Moving Hazardous Violations in Any One Continuous Occurrence - 6
  • Failure to Stop for School or Church Bus - 6
  • 26 mph over speed limit on any road or highway - Hearing-Possible Suspension
  • Attempting to elude police officer - Hearing-Possible Suspension
  • Racing - Hearing-Possible Suspension

Different Types of Driving Reports in the State

Kentucky offers three types of driving records for individuals and companies. Each has a specific purpose. The three-year report does not contain any PII and is available to the public. The five-year report does include personal details and can only be ordered by the individual and other entities (with a notarized permission slip from the individual listed).

3-Year Record

The three-year driving history report is available to the general public, and it contains no personal information such as the driver's gender, date of birth, and social security number. It will also not have any accident data on it. The cost for this report is $3. The record will be emailed to the recipient, and they have 14 days to print it out, or it will expire.

Five-Year/Full Driving History Record (DHR)

The five-year or complete driving history record does contain personal information such as a home address, gender, date of birth, their Kentucky driver's license number, and social security number. It is not available to the general public, only the individual and qualified entities. The cost for this type of record is also $3 and it will include accident information. Companies can request up to 50 at a time.

Clearance Letters

Auto insurance companies often use a clearance letter as a certified copy of the driver's full driving history. They cannot be purchased online but can be obtained by mail and in person at a Driver Licensing Regional Office. This report costs $3 also.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses in the state are serious and may lead to prison time, steep fines, and the loss of a driver's license. Some examples of criminal driving offenses in the state are:

  • Reckless driving (which may include excessive speed, erratic lane changes, or distracted driving)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Passing or unsafe driving around a bus
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Excessive speeding
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • DUI/DWI/OWI

If someone earns 12 points within a 2-year period, they will lose their license via a suspension.

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses in the state are far less serious and usually result in a ticket or fine. There is no obligation to show up in court, but someone could if they want to fight it.

Some examples of civil driving offense include:

  • Speeding (not excessively)
  • Improper turning
  • Improper lane change
  • Too fast or too slow for the conditions
  • Parking in a no-parking zone
  • Running through a stop sign or red light
  • Brake lights out
  • Failure to use headlights
  • Texting while driving

State Driving Records Statistics

Driving safety is very important to Kentucky and the state police. They have published a report of driving statistics and work hard to improve roadway safety to reduce the number of fatal car crashes.

Some driving statistics in Kentucky include:

  • For 2019, 732 residents lost their lives in automobile accidents
  • 289 of those were under the influence of drugs
  • 135 of those were under the influence of alcohol
  • A total of 132,374 car crashes occurred in the state for 2019
  • 109,313 were property damage only
  • 22,387 were non-fatal crashes
  • Approximately 1 of every 5,997 Kentucky residents died as a result of a fatal traffic collision on a public road in Kentucky. About 1 in 133 Kentucky residents was injured in a traffic collision in Kentucky
  • Approximately 1 of every 16 drivers licensed in Kentucky was involved in a traffic collision in Kentucky. About 1 of 3,481 Kentucky drivers was involved in a fatal collision
  • A total of 732 persons were killed on public roads this year
  • The total number of traffic fatalities increased 1.1%
  • 32,871 persons were injured on public roads this year, a decrease of 3.1%. * Daily Total Miles Driven in Kentucky: 135,762,000
  • Yearly Total Miles Driven in Kentucky: 45,480,270,000.

Driving Records Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

Who Can Get a Copy of My Motor Vehicle Record?

Kentucky follows strict Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws, and only authorized individuals and companies can get a copy of your driving record. Those may include insurance agents, anyone concerned with motor vehicle safety, private investigators, lawyers, law enforcement, and others listed on the form.

Can I Order a State Driver's License Records Online?

Yes. You can use the online system if you are looking for a non-PII (personally identifiable information) report and if you need a copy of your own. Clearance letters, however, cannot be obtained online.

How Long Do Points Stay on Your Report?

According to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, "By law, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is required to maintain driver history for five years. Points assessed are removed two years from the date of conviction, not the date of the citation. The violation will remain on the record for five years. Three-year records are also maintained for insurance companies to obtain."

What if I Have Out of State Violations and Points?

Points earned in other states do not transfer to Kentucky. When you first move there, you start with a zero balance.

Do I Have to Attend Traffic School?

If you are convicted of too many violations, you may be ordered by the courts to attend traffic school or complete a driver safety course.

For Underage (younger than 18) Driver's What is the Point System

Underage drivers must have at least 180-days with no violations before applying for their full license. If they get a moving violation during the 180-days, the time resets, and they have to start over.

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

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