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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia DMV) is the government agency responsible for driving records. They follow strict Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws when issuing copies of someone's driver record.
The state offers a few different types of records covering different time periods for specific purposes, such as insurance reports that insurance providers may use for insurance purposes. They also have a report for employers who are performing background checks.
These reports contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as the driver's full name, driver's license number, social security number, physical description, and date of birth. They also contain non-personal information such as accident history, driving convictions, traffic violations, license status, revocations, license suspensions, and cancellations. They will also show license points.
The Virginia DMV offers individuals and companies a few different ways to get copies of driver records. First, they can use the online system (DMV Now) to purchase copies.
Using the downloadable form CRD-93, a user can request records through the mail by submitting a written request and fee to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Vehicle (Driver) Records Work Center
P. O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
One other way to get records is to visit a Customer Service Center (DMV office) in person and make the request.
The state offers various reports, but the majority of them cost $9 per copy. The price list is as follows:
When ordering by mail or in person, the requestor can pay by check or money order. When ordering online, they can pay with a credit card or debit card.
A resident of VA must be 15 & 1/2 before they can apply for their learner's permit to begin driving. Drivers just starting out are subject to restrictions which include:
Possessing a learner's permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle when a licensed driver at least 21 years of age is seated beside you. The driver accompanying you may be 18 years of age if he or she is your legal guardian, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother, or step-sister. This person must hold a valid driver's license, be legally permitted to drive, and be alert and able to assist you.
Once a driver turns 18, they are allowed to apply for their full unrestricted driver's license. However, they must hold the learner's permit for nine months before applying.
Other restrictions include:
If you are under age 18, Virginia law prohibits you from driving midnight to 4 A.M. except when driving:
If you are under age 18, you may carry only one passenger under age 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or other adult acting in place of a parent, in the front passenger seat. However, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following situations:
Learner's permit holders may not carry more than one passenger under age 18. (Passenger restrictions do not apply to family members) Violations of either the curfew or passenger restrictions can result in the suspension of your driver's license.
Virginia's cellular telephone law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, regardless of whether such device is or is not hand-held. You can only use a cell phone or any other telecommunications device for a driver emergency, and the vehicle must be lawfully parked or stopped.
The state also uses a point system for traffic violations. Some six-point violations include:
Some four-point violations include:
Some three-point violations include:
The state of Virginia offers a few different types of records to choose from. All types are certified copies. They are as follows:
The report covers 11 years of driving history and is issued to individuals for personal use.
This driving record is for employment, school use, the military, and other government agencies, and it covers seven years of driving history. It does require a consent form from the driver.
Contains up to 7 years of driving history; only requested and issued to Transportation Network Companies (TNC) for the purpose of employment.
Insurance companies use this report, and it goes back only five years.
Used to petition the court for restoration of someone's driver's license, up to an 11-year record.
Criminal driving offenses are very serious matters and usually end up with the driver losing their license, paying huge fines, and spending some time in either jail or prison. Sometimes drivers are ordered to take a defensive driving course. Some examples of these types of crimes are:
Commercial drivers may face harsher penalties.
Civil driving offenses are far less severe and usually result in just a fine. Some examples of these types of offenses are:
The state DMV keeps track of all crash data to help improve driver safety. Some interesting statistics from that department include:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
Only someone with a valid legal request can get a copy of your driving record. The state honors strict DPPA laws. Usually, those approved are employers, transportation companies, and car insurance providers.
Yes. The state has an online system that requestors can easily use to get records. They can also get them via mail or in person.
When requesting a copy of your own record, you will need your name, address, social security number, driver's license number, date of birth, and for some types of reports, your vehicle information, such as license plate number or VIN.
Yes. The state uses a demerit point system to keep track of all driving violations in the state. The state also awards drivers, safe points for good driving.
Below are some helpful state driving record links.
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