Your driving record has a significant impact on your insurance cost and even whether you can get insurance. A poor driving record can also hinder you from getting a job. Even if the job does not involve driving, companies may check your record to ensure that you do not have any outstanding issues. While most states require you to pay to get your driving record there are a few things you can do to get it for free.
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Visit or telephone your local Department of Motor Vehicles to find out whether you can get a copy of the report for free. Any office that offers drivers' license services will be able to print it out for you. You may be able to get a copy free of charge if you're paying a fine or citation.
Visit the website of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Some states will let you get an electronic copy for free. The information is usually listed under "driving licence services" or something similar. In some cases you can also request an uncertified copy of your driving record for a smaller fee than a certified copy.
If you're employed as a driver your company may be willing to give you a copy of your driving record. Companies check the driving records of their drivers with varying frequency, but the more often you drive the more likey they are to have a recent copy.
Call your insurance company and ask whether you can get a copy of your record. The insurance company pulls your driving record when it begins your coverage and may pull it periodically after that. The company may be able to provide you with one that was recently pulled.
Tips and warnings
- Watch out for background check companies that do not tell you that you're being charged until it is too late to back out.
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