In Alabama, you can request your own driving record or that of other drivers. The body that is responsible for issuance of driving records is known as the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS). Your Alabama driving record can be used:

  • In court and legal proceedings
  • By employers when conducting background checks
  • By insurance companies to adjust your insurance policy or when investigating insurance claims.

Types of Alabama Driving Records

The following are types of Alabama driving records that you can request from Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS):

  • 3-year driving record: This record can be requested for individual use only
  • Driver abstract: This record contains your full driving history and can only be requested by individual on record only
  • Motor vehicle record (MVR): This is the record with your personal information and driving history. It is requested by authorized users only.

You can request your own driving record in person or by mail. If you want to request another person’s driving record, you can do so in person, by mail or online.

Points on Your Driving Record

When you violate traffic regulations or cause accidents, you earn demerit points on your driving record. The history of these points stays on your driving record forever. If you accumulate more points, you will face driver’s license suspension or get higher insurance rates whenever you apply for insurance. You may be able to remove some points from your Alabama driving record if you enroll in a defensive driving course. The Alabama Department of Motor Vehicle Point System page has more information about DMV points.

Employers, Insurance Agency and Attorney Requests

In Alabama, you can request another person’s driving records if you are:

  • An attorney with a case in a federal state or local court
  • An Alabama insurance company with vehicle insurance policies
  • A court or law enforcement agency
  • An employer carrying out pre-employment screening
  • An individual with written permission from the driver whose record is being requested.

For the above reason, you must describe in your request, the reason for requesting that record. Alabama DMV will process your request and get back to you within 7 business days.

Ordering another person’s driving record

You can order someone’s Alabama driving record either by mail, online or in person.

Online

To obtain a copy of your Alabama driving record, you need to subscribe at Driver Abstract Search of Alabama DPS. To do so, visit the Alabama.gov website. You will be required to:

  • Enter your business details
  • Pay the subscription fee if needed.

Once approved, you will be able to login and request your driving record. You will be required to pay a fee for each driving record requested.

By Mail and In Person

You can also request your Alabama motor vehicle record (MVR) in person or by mail. In this case, you will need to:

  • Fill and complete Form MV DPPA1 (Request for Motor Vehicle Record Form). Include personal information for the person whose record you are requesting. You also need to provide your personal information and mailing address.
  • Enclose a certified check or money order of $5.75 payable to AL DPS.

You may either take your application in person to your local Alabama DMV office or mail it to: Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver License Division P.O. Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36104

Ordering Your Own Alabama Driving Record

If you are a licensed driver, you can request your own 3-year Alabama driving record through mail or in person. For drivers abstract, you must order them in person.

Order Your Driving Record by mail

To request your own 3-year Alabama driving record by mail, you will need:

  • A completed Driving Record Request
  • Enclose a certified check or money order of $5.75 payable to AL DPS.

Mail the above package to: Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver License Division P.O. Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36104 NOTE: include a self-addressed and stamped envelope in your mail package. Your driver record request will be mailed to you within 10 days.

Ordering Your Driving Record in Person

To request your own Alabama driver abstract in person, visit any local Alabama DMV offices. Some common DMV offices in Alabama are Montgomery, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Sheffield, Dothan, Mobile, Opelika and Foley. You’ll need to take with you:

  • A Complete Request for Individual Driver Abstract
  • Your driver’s license or government photo ID
  • $15 fee paid through check, money order, cash or credit card

Correcting Your Alabama Driving Record

If you find errors on your Alabama driving record, contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety to have them corrected. You can use their hotline number (334) 242-4400 or visit a nearby AL DMV office.

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