The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) maintains driver history records for up to 11 years. Those driver histories are public records and accessible by anyone with a legitimate reason to do so. It could be the driver, a potential employer or an entity doing a background check. So long as the proper forms are filed and the fee paid, your or someone else can obtain a copy of your Virginia driving record.
How to Obtain Your Virginia Driving Record
You can obtain copies of your Virginia driving record online, by submitting a written request to the Virginia DMV, or at a local DMV customer service center. Mail-in requests must go to: Virginia DMV; Vehicle (Driver) Records Work Center; P.O. Box 27412; Richmond, VA 23269. You must include your payment and any required documents along with the mail-in application for a Virginia driving record.
Applying to Get the Driving Record
Whether you apply online, via mail or in person at a Virginia DMV service center to obtain a copy of a Virginia driving record, you must provide your driver’s license or other proof of ID, current address and reason for requesting the records. The DMV asks why you want the records to ensure you want them for valid reasons, such as an employment background check.
The mail-in Form CRD-93 requires the requester to provide his or her first and last name and middle initial, Social Security or federal tax ID number, address and reason for requesting the driving record. You also must provide the name and known address of the subject and any relevant vehicle information or crash report information that might be sought.
In addition to the subject’s name, address and driver’s license number, if known, you also must provide your identifying information, including a copy of your driver’s license or other state or federal ID.
Fees for Getting Your Driving Record and Payment Methods
The Virginia DMV charges $9 to provide a Virginia driving record in person or via mail and $8 when done online. You can pay using a credit card, debit card, personal check, money order or cashier’s check.
Types of Virginia Driving Records
The Virginia DMV maintains several types of driving records on individuals. None date back more than 11 years, and some requests only are granted copies of shorter driving records. An individual who want a copy or her personal driving record can obtain one that dates back up to 11 years.
A standard driving record that provides seven years of driving records for an individual is available for the respective driver’s. That same seven-year record also is provided to job providers, transportation network companies, schools and the military to conduct background checks.
Insurance companies also rely on Virginia driving records of licensed residents to determine auto insurance rates. When auto insurers request Virginia driving records for individuals, the DMV provides a five-year record instead of the seven-year record that employers and others receive.
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