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Missouri's Department of Revenue (MDOR) is the state agency in charge of Missouri driving records. It acts like a Department of Motor Vehicles (Missouri DMV) in other states. The MDOR provides records upon request to individuals and companies.

The Department of Revenue only allows people or agencies who are exempt under federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws to obtain reports with personal information. The state has only one type of report, but it will either contain personal information or not, depending on who requests it.

Records with personal information will have the driver's full name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, sex, height, weight, eye color, photographs, phone number, and medical or disability information. Other information that is not personal will include endorsements, restrictions, car accidents, license suspensions, revocations, license status, driving offenses, traffic violations, and more.

How to Request a State Driving History Report

Those who wish to request a copy of an individual's driving record that does not contain personal information can visit any Missouri license office (driver licensing division) in person. They can also order a copy by fax or through the mail using the downloadable application and paying the fee. Their main office is located in Jefferson City.

Anyone needing a copy of a driving record that does contain personal information must comply with DPPA laws. If the person or individual is not exempt, they must have the subject sign a consent form first. They may also request records in person at a licensing office or by mail or fax. When requesting through the mail, they can download the form and return it to the mailing address at the top. They will need to include the Missouri driver's license number for the subject of the report.

Companies who make frequent requests can apply for a security access code for dialing for records. Businesses can do this by following the instructions from the DOR:

"If you request driver records frequently, you may want to establish an account with the Driver License Bureau and obtain records through the Dialing for Records process. This allows you to dial the bureau's Interactive

Telephone Driver Record System via a touch-tone telephone. Driver records will be mailed to you the following day by first class mail or faxed to a fax machine within 24 hours of the request. To establish an account, please contact our Record Center at (573) 526-2407.

To request driver records with the personal information of the record holder, you must apply for and use a security access code assigned to you (see Requesting a Security Access Code)."

Missouri Motor Vehicle Records Cost

The basic cost for any driving record in the state is $2.82. If the requestor orders by fax, they will also have to pay a $0.50 per page fee. The fee can be paid by debit or credit card when visiting in person.

Driving Laws in the State

Someone 15 years or older can apply for a driving permit to begin learning to drive. A driver must wait until the age of 16 before applying for their license. Between the time they get the permit and their license, these drivers must comply with strict supervision rules and restrictions. At 16, they can drive with an intermediate license that also carries restrictions. At age 18, the driver can apply for their full license and drive without restrictions.

The driving permit instructions include:

  • Under age 16, you may drive only when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver who is:
    • a qualified person;
    • a grandparent;
    • a qualified driving instructor;
    • a qualified driver at least 25 years of age who has been licensed for a minimum of 3 years and has received written permission from the parent or legal guardian; or
    • a qualified driver designated by the disabled parent or guardian of the permit holder
  • At age 16 or older, you may drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has a valid driver's license
  • Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers
  • Your test paper alone is not legal for driving. Be sure to carry your permit with you
  • You may renew your instruction permit

The instructions for an intermediate license reads:

  • You must hold the instruction permit for at least 182 days (beginning the day after issuance)
  • You may not have any alcohol-related offenses in the last 12 months and no traffic convictions in the last six months
  • A qualified person or grandparent must accompany you to the license office to verify you have received 40 hours of driving instruction, including a minimum of 10 hours of nighttime driving instruction between sunset and sunrise
  • You must pass the vision, road sign recognition, and written tests at a Missouri State Highway Patrol driver examination station if previous results are more than one year old
  • You must pass the driving test at a Missouri State Highway Patrol driver examination station

The intermediate license restrictions include:

  • During the first 6 months, you may not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger who is under 19 years old and who is not a member of your immediate family
  • After the first 6 months, you may not operate a motor vehicle with more than three passengers who are under 19 years old and who are not members of your immediate family
  • You may not drive alone from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. except to and from a school activity, job, or for an emergency unless accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years old or older

Once someone satisfies all the requirements of the intermediate license, they can then apply for their full license.

Driver must carry insurance in the state to drive legally on the road. The mandatory insurance requirements are:

  • Liability coverage. Must include at least $25,000 bodily injury per person, $50,000 bodily injury per accident, and $10,000 property damage per accident
  • Uninsured/Underinsured coverage. Must include at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident

Driving without insurance is a Class D misdemeanor and will carry the following punishments:

  • First offense: license suspended until proof of insurance shown; $20 fee
  • Second offense: License suspended for 90 days; $200 fee
  • Third offense: license suspended for one year; $400 fee

The penalties for commercial drivers (CDL) may be harsher.

Different Types of Driving Reports in the State

The state offers only one type of driving report for individuals and companies. However, they do offer one version with personally identifiable information (PII) and one without.

Driving History (with or without personal information)

The driving history report with personal information will contain the subject's full name, address, date of birth, phone number, medical information/disability details, driver's license number, and social security number. Both the reports with PII and without will also contain accidents, civil and criminal driving offenses, moving violations, license status, revocations, suspensions, license points, and other details. These records are often used for background checks or insurance.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses are serious crimes that usually result in harsh punishments like steep fines, imprisonment, the loss of a driver's license, and sometimes court-ordered programs like rehab or a safe driving course. Some examples of criminal driving offenses in the state are:

  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Driving without a license or one that is suspended or revoked
  • Careless driving
  • DWI/DUI/OWI
  • Evading an officer
  • Hit and run
  • Driving without insurance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Open container
  • A minor in the possession of alcohol while driving

The state uses a point system for violations. If someone earns 4 points in 12 months, they will get a letter from the Department of Revenue warning them. If they earn 8 points in 18 months, the driver will lose their license as stipulated below:

  • 1st suspension - 30 days
  • 2nd suspension - 60 days
  • 3rd or more suspensions - 90 days

Additionally, the DOR will revoke someone's license for an entire year for earning:

  • 12 or more points in 12 months
  • 18 or more points in 24 months
  • 24 or more points in 36 months

After reinstated, the point total will drop to 4. Each year they remain violation-free, the state will reduce those points by:

  • 1 year - total remaining points reduced by one-third
  • 2 years - remaining points reduced by one-half
  • 3 years - points reduced to zero

These types of violations usually end up with an increase in insurance rates by the person's auto insurance provider.

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses are much less serious and usually only result in a ticket (fine) or warning from the officer. Some examples of civil driving offenses in the state are:

  • Parking in a no-parking zone
  • Excessive muffler noise
  • Parking near a fire hydrant or too far from the curb
  • Not having a license plate or using someone else's
  • Plates expired
  • Using a radar device
  • Studded tires
  • Failure to produce a license
  • Littering out a car window
  • Running a red light
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign

State Driving Records Statistics

The state of Missouri keeps track of all safety and crash statistics for drivers. Some interesting facts include:

  • In 2019, there were 819 fatal car crashes
  • For 2019, there were 37,832 injuries
  • 118,387 property damage car accidents occurred in 2019

For fatal crashes, the following weather conditions were present:

  • Clear: 541
  • Cloudy: 219
  • Rain: 66
  • Snow: 10
  • Sleet/Hail: 5
  • Freezing Temperatures: 50
  • Fog: 16
  • Other: 1
  • Males between the age of 21-54 are the group with the highest number of accidents

Driving Records Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

Who Can Get a Copy of Your Driving Record?

Only someone who is exempt (according to DPPA laws) such as law enforcement, a government agency, insurance agent, legal person, vehicle safety employee, private investigator, and others with a legal reason to get them. Otherwise, the requestor must have a signed consent form from the driver license record holder before asking to see the record.

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

No. The state does not have a way for companies or individuals to request records online. However, they have a dial-in option for businesses, and everyone else can get them in person at a licensing office, or by fax, or mail.

What Information Do I Need to Get a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)?

When requesting records, you will need the name, date of birth, and driver's license number of the person whose record you are requesting.

Does the State Use a Points System?

Yes. Their point system is very strict and with only 4 points, you will get a warning letter. After that, you may lose your license for up to a year or more then have to go through a process to get it back.

How Do I Get My License Reinstated:

According to the DOR, you must take the following four steps to get your license reinstated after a revocation/suspension:

  • Determine the reason(s) why your driving privilege was suspended, revoked, or denied
  • This information is included in the letter(s) you received from the Driver License Bureau when your driving privilege was taken away or can be found on your current Missouri driver record. You may purchase a copy of your current driver record at any Missouri license office, or call (573) 526-2407. The basic fee for a Missouri driver record is $2.82 per driver record. Other fees may apply
  • Note all reasons why your driving privilege was taken away. A reason should be listed on each letter, and all the reasons will be listed on your driver record under "Department Actions." If all the dates show you may now get your driving privilege back, use the chart to find out what forms to file, if any, and how much you must pay. If it is still too soon to get your driving privilege back, you may want to read the information about limited driving privileges
  • If you have two or more reasons why your driving privilege was taken away, look on the chart under each reason to see what forms you need and the total amount to pay. NOTE:You will only need to file one proof of liability insurance form (i.e., an SR-22 form ) even if it is required under all reasons for which you lost your driving privilege

You can email dlrecords@dor.mo.gov for questions about reinstatement.

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.