If you are an employer, a law enforcement agency, insurance company, attorney or a driver, you can request a New Jersey driving record from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey. Your New Jersey driving record contains your driving history, including suspensions, past accidents, violations and other information. You can request your record:

  • To check your driving record points
  • To verify information on your driver’s license
  • To verify personal information
  • To use them when screening employees
  • To adjust your insurance rates or claims.

Types of New Jersey Driving Records

The following are New Jersey driving records that you can request from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey:

  • Non-certified driving records: this can be accessed online but cannot be accepted by employers, insurance companies or courts as proof of driving history
  • Certified 5-year driver records which are commonly used by insurance companies and employers for background checks
  • Certified complete driving records, used by courts as evidence when settling disputes,

Information found in a certified New Jersey driving record includes:

  • Accidents
  • Drivers license suspensions
  • Traffic violations
  • Driving record points
  • The type of violation and the date it occurred
  • Fee payment history.

New Jersey Driving Record Points

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. The following are penalties of accumulating points on your New Jersey driving record:

  • 6 points or more within 3 years — a fine of at least $150
  • 12 points or more — driver’s license suspension.

You can also visit the New Jersey DMV Point System page for more information on New Jersey Driving Record points. While the history of points earned remains in your driving record, you can work to remove any point earned from your record. You can remove:

  • Up to 3 points if you don’t have any suspension or violation for 1 year
  • 2 points if you go through defensive driving program every 5 years
  • 3 points if you go through a driver improvement program every 2 years
  • 3 points if you go through a probationary driver program

NOTE: Your New Jersey driving history is viewed regularly. If you accumulate 6 points or more within three years, you will receive a surcharge fine of $150 plus $25 for each additional point.

Requesting another person’s driving record

You can request another person’s New Jersey driving record if you are:

  • An attorney with a case in a federal, state, or local court, or New Jersey MVC agency
  • A New Jersey 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 requests, you must describe in your request the reason for requesting that record. Immediately the New Jersey DMV receives your request, they will process it and get back to you within 7 business days.

Order a Driving Record by Mail

To request another driver’s New Jersey driving record by mail, you’ll need a:

  • Completed Form DO-21 (Motor Vehicle Commission Driver History Abstract Request Form
  • Copy of your New Jersey driver’s license
  • Check or money order of $15 payable to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey.

Mail the above package to: NJMVC Abstract Unit 225 East State Street P.O. Box 142 Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0142

Order a Customer Abstract Online

The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle offers a Customer Abstract Information Retrieval service (CAIR). This program allows people to quickly retrieve vehicle ownership information and multiple driving records of any registered driver online. To sign up for this program, you’ll need a completed Form OS/DS-19 (Application for Online Access to Motor Vehicle Records Form). Information on the above form must match that of your business. You also need to provide a brief description on the intended use of the information requested. The next step is to mail your completed application and the required documents to the address listed on the form. If your request is approved, you will be required to pay $500 to begin accessing NJ driving record online.

Ordering your own New Jersey Driving Record

You can order your own New Jersey driving record online, by mail or in person. If you are a parent, you can also request a driving record for your teenage child by providing proof of relationship with a minor whose record you are requesting.

Online

You need to register for a New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle online ID to obtain a certified or non certified driving record online. Armed with a user ID, enter the following information to obtain your driving record:

  • NJ MVC user ID, driver’s license number and the last 4 digits of your SSN
  • Select which type of driving record you want
  • Provide a credit/debit card number for payment of $15 fee.

NOTE: Non-certified driving history abstracts retrieved online are for viewing only.

By Mail

You can also request your New Jersey driving record by mail. You will need to provide a:

  • Completed Form DO-21 (Motor Vehicle Commission Driver History Abstract Request Form)
  • Copy of your New Jersey driver’s license
  • Check or money order of $15 payable to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey.

Mail the above package to: NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Abstract Unit 225 East State Street P.O. Box 142 Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0142

In Person

You can also request your New Jersey driving record in person by visiting your local New Jersey DMV offices. You must take with you:

  • Completed Form DO-21 (Motor Vehicle Commission Driver History Abstract Request Form)
  • Copy of your New Jersey driver’s license and Identification ID
  • Payment for $15 (cash, checks, money orders or credit/debit cards).