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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) is the government agency in charge of driver records. They supply them to individuals and companies who request the information.
The North Carolina DMV requires compliance with all Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws. Therefore, anyone requesting a record for someone other than themself, must have a valid reason for doing so and consent from the subject of the report.
Official driving records contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as the driver's name, social security number, address, date of birth, driver's license number, a physical description, and if they hold a CDL (commercial driver's license) medical information. Some other information contained in the reports will be accident history, criminal driving offenses, traffic violations, parking tickets, license status, license class, endorsements, restrictions, suspensions, and revocations.
The state has a few different ways to get a copy of someone's driving report. People can use the online portal to get a copy as long as they have the following information on the license holder:
Requestors in need of certified records must order them through the mail; they cannot get them using the online services. When ordering through the mail, it could take up to 10 days for processing. The requestor must pay by either check or money order made payable to NCDMV.
Individuals and companies can also get copies by visiting the DMV headquarters located at:
4121 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27616
When ordering copies for someone else, the requestor must have the subject sign a Release Consent form.
The NC DMV has a few different options when ordering copies of a driver history report. The first is simply an address history which costs $14.
An official certified copy used by government agencies and for background checks costs $15. It must be ordered by mail and may take up to 14 business days. If the requestor visits in person, they can get one instantly.
A complete extra copy is for individuals for personal use, and that costs $10.75. Again, users can request these online using the system.
Employers and insurance companies use a limited extract copy to set insurance rates and decide whether or not to insure a motorist. These cost $10.75 and cannot be purchased online; the requestor must visit in person or order through the mail.
A young person 15 years or older can apply for their NC limited learner's permit to begin driving. They must pass driver education and a written test first. After that, they can drive with the following restrictions:
Between the ages of 16-18, a resident can apply for a limited
Provisional license with the following restrictions:
After driving with a provisional license for six months, the driver can apply for their full provisional license.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a list of driving laws that all motorists must abide by to drive legally on the state road and highways. They include:
The state offers four different types of driver reports. Each has a specific purpose, and requesters can only order some of them in person or through the mail. The four reports are address history, certified true copy, complete extract copy, and a limited extract copy.
This report is a complete list of all home addresses on file for the driver direct from the NCDMV.
The courts and government agencies use the certified driving record for all official purposes. This report can be ordered in person or through the mail but will take 14 days by mail.
The complete extract copy is used for personal purposes by the driver and may also be used by employers and insurance companies. Requestors can get a copy of this type online, through the mail, and in person.
The limited extract copy is a three-year history used for personal use by the individual and may also be used by employers and insurance companies. These cannot be purchased online.
Criminal driving offenses in the state are serious crimes punishable by the loss of a driver's license, hefty fines, jail time, and sometimes other court-ordered programs. Some examples of criminal driving offenses in the state are:
Reckless driving is one of the most serious offenses and may include:
The penalty for reckless driving includes a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.
Others serious driving crimes include:
These types of offenses may result in a driver's license cancellation.
Civil driving offenses are much less severe and result in a warning or a fine (ticket), which must be paid. Some examples of civil driving offenses include:
The state of North Carolina takes highway safety very seriously. Therefore, they keep track of all statistics to help create safety programs to improve safety and save lives.
Some interesting facts for 2019 from the NC DOT include:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
The state takes DPPA laws very seriously. Therefore, anyone wishing to get a copy of someone else's must comply by showing a valid, legal reason for needing the information and providing a signed consent form from the subject.
Yes. Most of the reports available can be obtained online for individuals. Some may need to be procured through the mail or in person at the DMV.
When requesting a copy, you will need your:
Yes. According to the state DMV:
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.