California driving record is a document that shows your motor vehicle driving history. This document can be obtained from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The following are the reasons why people order their records:

  • To check their accuracy since incorrect records may result in negatives (higher premium rates, driver’s license suspension)
  • Monitor possible identity theft
  • Submit to a court to be used in proceedings
  • Submit to an employer.

California Driver License Record information

Your California driving record contains the following information:

  • Status of your driver’s license (suspensions, revocations and cancellations)
  • Traffic convictions and tickets
  • License reinstatement fees debts
  • Point earned as a result of violations or accidents caused
  • Personal information associated with your driver’s license (name, age, address and SSN).

DMV Points

You get points on your driving record if you violate traffic rules or cause an accident. Most points stay in your driving record for three years but there are other points that stay for 10 years. The following are types of points that can be placed on your record:

  • Convictions resulting from minor accidents: They are worth 1 point
  • Car accidents: Points earned as a result of accidents stay on your California driving record for 3 years from the date of accident
  • License suspension and revocation
  • Convictions worth 2 points such as reckless driving or DUI. These stay on your record for 10 years.

Types of California Driver License Records

The following are types of California driving records that you can request from the California Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Unofficial records: You can order them online
  • Official Records: Can be ordered in person or by mail.

Employer, Insurance & Attorney Requests

Under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, an attorney, employer or insurance company may request someone else’s driving record. So in general, someone else’s driving record can be requested:

  • By Government agencies to be used in official business
  • By court to use them in arbitration proceedings
  • By insurance companies to use them when determining your insurance premiums
  • By employers to use when conducting pre-employment background check.

NOTE: For the entities above, they must follow the outlined steps when requesting driving records of other individuals. They must include their company’s information, mailing address and provide the personal information of the driver whose record is being requested.

DMV Records and Car Insurance providers

Your car insurance provider may request your California driving record. They normally use your record to determine the rates of your insurance premiums. So, a good driving history may help you in getting lower insurance premiums. It is therefore a good idea to maintain a good driving record. For points already earned on your record, attend a defensive driving course to have those points reduced.

Ordering your Driving Record

Online

You can obtain unofficial driving record online by visiting the California Department of Motor Vehicles website. You will be required to provide the required information and pay the applicable fee. NOTE: You must be a Certified User to use online option. Register your account at the state’s Certified User Registration page.

In Person

You can also request your California driving record in person, by visiting your local DMV office. You must take with you:

  • Form INF 1125 (Driver License Information Record form), filled and all sections completed
  • Show identification
  • Pay the required fee.

By Mail

You can also request your driving record by mail. You will need:

  • Submit Form INF 1125 (Driver License Information Record form), filled and all sections completed
  • Complete a written request that includes your name, date of birth, driver’s license, SSN and signature
  • Submit a check or money order of $5 payable to California DMV.

Mail the above package to the address below: DMV Information Services Branch Information Release Unit G199 P. O. BOX 944247 Sacramento, California 94244-2470 NOTE: Write “Certified Driver Record” if you are requesting official records.

Ordering another Person’s Record

Under the law, an attorney, employer or insurance company may request someone else’s driving record. So in general someone else’s driving record can be requested:

  • By Government agencies to be used in official business
  • By court to use them in arbitration proceedings
  • By insurance companies to use them when determining your insurance premiums
  • By employers to use when conducting pre-employment background check.

NOTE: For the entities above, they must follow the outlined steps when requesting driving records of other individuals. They must include their company’s information, mailing address and provide the personal information of the driver whose record is being requested.

Fees for California Driver License Records

The following are fees for your California driving record:

  • $2 for requests made online
  • $5 for request made by mail
  • $5 in person for requests made in person.

Accepted Methods of Payment

  • Online-use major credit/debit cards or system’s eCheck feature
  • For mail request, check or money order are accepted
  • In Person, cash, money order, major debit cards.

National Driver Register Records

The National Driver Register is a database that keeps driving history of all drivers, including driver license suspensions or serious traffic convictions. Employers may also request driving records of their employees from NDR.

Employer Requests

If you’re an employer ordering a National Driver Register record of a prospective or current employee, you must fill and complete Submit Form INF 1125. They can do so:

  • In person at a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office with proof of their identity
  • By mail to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) via the address listed on the form.

Individual Requests

To order a copy of your own National Driver Register record, you must complete Form DL 55 (National Driver Register File Check Employer Request) and submit it either:

  • In person at a local California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office with proof of their identity
  • By mail to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Vehicle via the address listed on the form (your signature must be notarized).

Correcting Errors on Your California Driving Record

You can request the California Department of Motor Vehicles to correct errors on your California driving record.

Traffic Violations and Convictions

To correct errors related to traffic convictions and violations complete and submit Form DL 157 (Court Abstract/Document Error). You also must include court documents to prove that you weren’t convicted. Mail the above application document to: DMV Mandatory Actions Unit, Mail Station J233 P.O. Box 942890 Sacramento, CA 94290

Traffic Accidents

To correct traffic accident related errors on your California driving record, complete and submit Form DL 208 (Traffic Accident Record Correction Request). Be sure to include in your application the original traffic accident report. Mail all forms and documents to: Department of Motor Vehicles Mandatory Actions Unit, Mail Station J233 P.O. Box 942890 Sacramento, CA 94290

Complaint of Illegal Record Access

If someone has accessed your California driving record illegally, submit a complaint form (INF 1164) to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).