How To Obtain Your Ohio Driving Record
Depending on the type of driving record you want, you can view it online, or obtain a copy by mail using Form BMV 1173, or going in-person to a Deputy Registrar License Agency.
Types of Driving Records
Driving records are of two primary types. A three-year official driving record abstract includes all moving violations, accidents, and activities that resulted in suspensions or revocations over the most recent three-year period. This record is certified. An unofficial copy of your driving record includes the same information over the past two years but is not certified.
When checking your driving record, it’s important to determine which type you need. For example, if you just want to check the number of points on your driver’s license you’ll the unofficial copy will be fine; if you are providing a copy for a potential employer you’ll likely need to obtain the official, certified version.
Applying to Get the Driving Record
For many people, the most convenient way to obtain the record is to order it online. If you only want the unofficial copy you can view and print it. If you want an official three-year history, you order online and BMV will mail the certified official copy to you. You’ll need your driver’s license number, date of birth, last name, and Social Security number.
You can also order an official three-year record by mail or in-person. If you need a copy quickly, going in-person is faster. Regardless of whether you are requesting by mail, you fill out the request form. You thentake it to a Deputy Registrar License Agency office or mail it to:
PO Box 16520
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520
If you are trying to obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record, you’ll need to provide a notarized consent form from that individual. You provide that on Form BMV 5008. Alternatively, you can obtain a copy of someone else’s record if you are a law enforcement official, insurer, or licensed private investigator, have a court order, or are an official with a business that has a bona fide reason for requesting the information.
For example, an employer of a commercial truck driver has a legitimate interest in that driver’s record or a potential employer has a legitimate interest in verifying that driver information the applicant has given them is accurate.
If you go in person to obtain your driving record, you’ll need to bring proper identification, such as your most recent driver’s license. You’ll need the driver’s license number and Social Security card or number to gain access to your record. You’ll also need the filled-out Form BMV 1173.
Fees for Getting Your Driving Record and Payment Methods
The unofficial record is free. The official three-year driving record costs $5 Ohio BMV: More Services
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