Ohio driving abstract commonly known as Ohio driving record is a document that lists any violations, accidents or convictions that you have incurred over a certain period of time. You can obtain unofficial/uncertified driving record online for free.

About your Ohio Driving Record

The following are types of Ohio driving records that you can request from Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV):

  • A certified abstract of driving record which contains a driving history for the past 3 years
  • An unofficial driving record, which can be obtained online. It contains a driving history for the last 2 years.

Information on Your Driving Record

Ohio’s official abstract of driving record shows:

  • Points assigned on your driver’s license for moving violations
  • Accidents caused while you were driving
  • Accidents involving your car.

Duration of Information

Information on violations, convictions and driver’s license status stay on your driving record for 3 years. These 3 years begin from the date of a car accident, conviction of a moving violation or when your license was reinstated after a revocation or suspension. If you accumulate 12 points or more for moving violations within two years, your Ohio driver’s license will be suspended.

Keeping Suspensions off Your Driving Record

If you take a defensive driver course, you can have 2 points removed from your driver’s license. The removal of points from your driving record can help you avoid driver’s license suspension. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles restricts the number and frequency of credits awarded to you when you complete a defensive driving course.

  • You can only take 1 course every 3 years
  • Lifetime maximum of 5 credits
  • The defensive driving course must be taken in an approved school.

Once the Bureau of Motor Vehicles receives the notification that you have successfully completed a defensive driving course, you will receive your credit. The credit you receive does not remove points from your driving record but rather prevent your driver’s license from suspension.

Keep Your Insurance Rates Low

If an Ohio driving record is not clean (full of suspensions, points and convictions), you are likely to pay higher premium rates. Most insurance companies look at the details of your driving history.

Ohio Driving Records for Employment

An employer may request your Ohio driving record to use when performing pre-employment background checks. So, if you are an employer, you can request driving records of your current or prospective employees from Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or request them from National Driver Register (NDR).

National Driver Register

The National Driver Register is a database that contains driving history of all high-risk drivers. When you apply for Ohio driver’s license, the information that you submit is verified on this database. This database therefore helps keep track on all unsolved violations with Ohio and other states. You must provide accurate information. If you to do so, then your driver’s license will be cancelled. You must sign Form BMV 2151 (Employer/Employee Request for NDR File Check on Prospective or Current Employee Form) in order for your current or prospective employer to receive information about you from the National Driver Register.

Order an Ohio Driving Record

You can request a certified copy of your Ohio driving record or that of other drivers in person, online, by mail or by phone.

Online

You can request a certified copy of your Ohio driving record or that of other drivers online from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles online system. You will need to provide your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and a credit or debit card for the payment of $8.50 driving record fee. You can view unofficial driving record online without incurring any cost.

By Phone

You can request a certified copy of your Ohio driving record or that of other drivers by phone. You will need to call the Ohio BMV at (866) 675-2837. You will be asked to provide your driver’s license number, social security number and credit or debit card to pay the $8.50 fee.

By Mail

You can request a certified copy of your Ohio driving record or that of other drivers by mail. To do so, you will need to fill form BMV 1173 (Ohio BMV Record Request) and send it to the address listed on the form. Include a money order or check for $5 payable to the Ohio State Treasurer.

In Person

You can also visit the nearest Regional Driver License Reinstatement Centers to request a certified copy of your Ohio driving record or that of other drivers in person. You will be required to pay $5 driving record fee at RDLRC. At a Deputy Registrar Office, you will pay $8.50. You will need to fill form BMV 1173 (Ohio BMV Record Request) and take it with you.

Correcting errors on Your Driving Record

If you find errors on your Ohio Driving Record, contact the Ohio BMV office to have those errors corrected. You can reach them at (614) 752-7500.