Driving records definition

Last updated January 28th, 2022

A driving record or driver record is a matter of public records, this means that the driving record or motor vehicle report (MVR) is the public record of your driving history. Offenses stay on your driving record for a period of 3 or 10 years. The amount of time an offense stays on your record depends on the state where you live.

The driving record includes:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Address
  • License number
  • Classification
  • Status
  • Expiration date

More importantly, the driving record shows DMV-related data, including:

  • Points
  • DUIS
  • Fines
  • Suspensions and revocations
  • Traffic violations, convictions (speeding and traffic tickets) and accidents.

Most states will require the driver’s consent to release their records and in some states the person requesting the driving record will need to have your private information. In order to get a copy of your driving record you can head to the State DMV, and auto insurance agent, and online third-party vendors.

Keep in mind that there are 5 states that to not share their driving records: Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.