Your Florida driving record is a very important document that determines the rates of your vehicle insurance as well as your job search. So it is a good idea to request your driving record sometimes known as motor vehicle record (MVR), to confirm whether it is correct. You can request this report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. By ordering your Florida driving records, you can:
- Verify that all information is correct
- Track your violation points
- Monitor future identity theft.
Types of Florida Driving Records
The following are different types of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records:
- 3-year driving record
- 7-year driving record
- Certified driving record
- Complete driver record.
3-Year and 7-Year Driver Record
A 3-year driving record or 7-year driving record is a document that contains the following information:
- Your driver's license issuances and status
- Points placed on your record and traffic violations and convictions from the past 3 or 7 year
- Vehicle accidents that led to traffic citation
- Driver’s license revocations, suspensions or reinstatement status from the past 3 or 7 years.
NOTE: Suspensions that come as a result of failure to pay for traffic citation will remain on your driver’s record for 12 months after license reinstatement.
Complete Motor Vehicle Record
You can order a complete Florida driving record. This record includes:
- Your driver's license issuances and status
- All adjudications withheld
- Guilty dispositions of traffic violations
- All car accidents that led to traffic citations
- Driver’s license revocations, suspensions or reinstatement status.
NOTE: Suspensions that come as a result of failure to pay a traffic citation remain on your Florida driving record for 12 months. After 1 year, this suspension will become a correspondence entry on your complete driver record for the following 2 years.
Certified Driving Record
Certain situations such as employer requests, car insurance requirement or court proceeding can lead to the request of a certified driving record. So you can order a certified Florida record depending on the situation dictating the request.
Violations and driving records
Traffic violations may result into placing of entries on your driving record. The amount of time that these entries stay on your record depend on the type of violation committed.
- Traffic violations — remain on your Florida driving record for three to five years. For severe traffic violations, they can stay on record longer
- Violations that led to suspensions of your license — the amount of time that this entry stay on record varies
- Traffic school elections — they stay in your record for 75 years
- Alcohol related violations — these violations stay on your driving record for 75 years.
Ordering Your Florida Driving Record
You can order your Florida driving record from any of the following entities:
- Driver license office
- Court clerk that offers driving records services
- Tax collector responsible for driver license services
You can order this record through mail. To do so, you must send form HSMV 90511 (Driver License Record Request) to: Florida Bureau of Records P.O. Box 5775 Tallahassee, Florida 32314-5775 For overnight carrier services, send your request to: Florida Bureau of Records 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 90 Tallahassee, Florida 32300-0574 You will get a response within two weeks.
Driving Record Fees
Your driving record request fee depends on the type of record requested.
- $8 for a 3-year Driver History Record
- $10 for a 7-year Driver History Record
- $10 for a Complete Driver History Record
- $10 for a Certified Driver History Record.
Florida Driving Records and Privacy
The privacy of your Florida Driving Record is protected under Florida Driver Privacy Protection Act. Therefore your driving record can only be accessed only for reasons mentioned below:
- To be used by government agency
- To be used by driver’s safety agencies
- Business requesting it for personal information verification
- Court requesting it to use it in arbitration proceeding
- Insurance companies requesting them to use it when calculating insurance rates.
If you are an independent entity, you must obtain a written consent from the driver whose record you want to request.
Correcting Errors on Your Florida Driving Record
Having a clean Florida driving record can help you get lower insurance rates or get a job easily. So it is important to correct any errors on your driving record. Contact Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to have it corrected.