How to Get a Driving Record

If you want to know whether your last driving citation was expunged from your record, you can get a copy of your driving history.


  • Step 1: Obtain someone else's record by demonstrating a legitimate reason for needing the record, such as performing a background check on a potential employee. Fill out the correct form for your state, and make sure your drivers have a clean record.
  • FACT: On January 1, 2009, California adopted a law prohibiting all motorists from reading, writing, or sending text messages while operating a motor vehicle.
  • TIP: Don't bring a credit card -- most states will accept only cash, checks, or money orders.
  • Step 2: Come prepared to pay the fee, which ranges from $5 to $15 in most states.
  • Step 3: Complete a driver record information request. You can get a form at the DMV or Secretary of State, but most states make the form available online.
  • Step 4: Present your license in person or make a photocopy of it to send along when corresponding by mail. If you're filling out the form online, enter your license information.
  • Step 5: Choose whether to request your record online, in person, by phone, or by mail. Find contact information for your local DMV or Secretary of State office online or in the phone book.

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