Virginia Driving Records
Your driving record contains your driving history, your personal information, the current status of your drivers license and more. You can obtain your Virginia driving record through a variety of methods and choose between several types of driving records, depending on what you need. To learn how to check your driving record in Virginia and about the information it contains, continue reading below.
How to Get Your Driving Record in Virginia
You can obtain your DMV driving record online, by mail or in person at your local DMV. To conveniently view your drivers record online, choose the “check driving record” option available on the Virginia DMV website. You will have quick and easy access to your driving records online, within minutes – all from the comfort of your own home. You can also receive your driving record by mail by sending a completed CRD 93 form, which is available on the Virginia DMV website. You will also need to enclose a money order to pay a small fee for access to your driving records. Be aware that mail-in requests will take a few days to process, and you may need to wait a week or more for a physical copy of driving record papers to arrive.
You can also get a physical copy of your DMV driving history by going to your local DMV with a completed CRD 93 form. However, you will most likely need to wait in a line to turn in your completed form, and then continue to wait as the DMV clerks access your driving history in the system to print out a physical copy for you. You will also need to go out of your way to reach a DMV during business hours in order to fulfill your request. When deciding how to get a copy of your driving records, checking them online for a small fee is the fastest and most convenient method available. You will not need to wait in a line or for the mail to arrive to know exactly what your driving record contains, and how your personal driving history may affect your future employment and car insurance policy.
What types of Virginia driving records are available?
Virginia driving records are available as non-certified and certified for each type of driving record. To assist in your DMV record search, here is a list of the different types of driving records available and the uses for each:
- Record for Personal Use – This driving record is commonly non-certified and contains information on the last 11 years of your personal driving history. This record is for personal use, only, and cannot be used for any legal or professional purposes.
- Record for Employment – This personal driving record can be certified or non-certified, depending on the instructions from your employer, and contains information on the last seven years of your driving history.
- Record for Insurance – Your insurance company will require a certified driving record to raise or reduce your premium, based on your driving history. This record only contains information on the last five years of your driving history. Learn more about Virginia auto coverage in our informative guide.
- Record for Habitual Offender Registration – This certified record is available for court petitions to restore driving privileges to individuals with a suspended or revoked license. A habitual offender registration driving record contains the last 11 years of an individual’s personal driving history – for court use, only.
A small fee is required to access your DMV driving history, and an additional fee is required if you need your records to be certified. Some fees may be waived for employment or volunteer driving purposes. Check the Virginia DMV website for more details about the organizations and circumstances that may qualify you for a fee waiver. Learn more about DMV fees in our comprehensive guide.
What information is on your Virginia driving record?
Your DMV driving record contains information on traffic convictions, your current drivers license status and the personal information available on your license (name, address, date of birth, etc.) Virginia driving records also contain your traffic accident, demerit point, DUI conviction and moving violation histories. Your traffic conviction history will remain on your driving record for 60 months, so keep that in mind if you apply to any commercial driving positon. In addition, your driving record contains information on past and current license suspensions, revocations and cancellations. Review more information about license suspensions and related licensing issues in our detailed guide.
Remember, because your Virginia driving record is considered a public record, your insurance company, a future employer and state and federal law enforcement have access to your driving history.
What information is not included in your Virginia driving record?
Your Virginia driving record does not include criminal convictions or vehicle information that is not related to driving violations. Your driving record also does not include your Social Security Number or personal history unrelated to DMV services. Your credit card history is also not included in your driving record, even if you used a credit or debit card to purchase something at the DMV in person or online. Your drivers record does not include your insurance information or the number of drivers under your policy, regardless of if they are minors or not. If you still wish to learn more information, you can check your driving record through the online DMV website and quickly view all the information that is and is not available on your public record.