South Carolina, you can request your driving record or that of other drivers from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This record contains your driving history including your driver’s license suspensions, revocations, accidents caused, citations and other information. South Carolina driving record is important because:
- You can use them to investigate your insurance claims or adjust your insurance policy
- They can be used by employers to use them as a tool for pre-employment background checks
- Courts may also request them to use in arbitration proceedings.
South Carolina Driving Record Types
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers the following types of records:
- 3-year driving records
- 10-year driving records.
Each type of driving record costs $6.
South Carolina Driving Record Information
Your South Carolina driving record includes:
- Your driving history
- Past traffic violations
- Driver license suspensions
- Traffic accidents
- Driving records points.
Driving Record Points
Every time you violate traffic laws or cause accidents, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles places points in your South Carolina driving record. These points can lead to suspension of your driver’s license, fines and higher insurance rates.
You can reduce accumulated points in your South Carolina driving record by half each year if you operate your vehicle without causing any accident or violating any traffic laws. Additionally, you can reduce up to 4 points on your driving record by taking the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course. NOTE: You can check the status of your points through the South Carolina DMV website. You will be asked to enter your driver’s license number, Social Security number and date of birth in order to access them.
Requesting Your South Carolina Driving Record
You can request your own South Carolina driving record online, by mail, and in person.
Online Driving Record Request
You can visit the South Carolina Division of motor vehicles to request your driving record online. You will need:
- Your driver license number
- Your birth date
- Your SSN
- Address, as it appears on your driver’s license
- The date that your driver’s license was issued
- A debit or credit card to pay the driving record fee
NOTE: When you place your request, you will receive unofficial driving record in the form of PDF which you can either save in your computer or print. For certified record, they will be sent through your email.
Request by Mail
You can also request your driving record by mail. You will need:
- To download and complete form MV-70 (Request for Driver Information form)
- To submit a check of $6 payable to South Carolina DMV.
Mail the above package to the address listed on the form.
Request in Person
You can also request your South Carolina driving record in person, by visiting your local South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicle office. You must take with you:
- Form MV-70 (Request for Driver Information form), filled and all sections completed
- A check of $6 payable to South Carolina DMV.
South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles accepts the following modes of payment: Cash Checks Debit/credit cards.
Employer, Insurance Agency and Attorney Requests
Under South Carolina Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, 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 and mailing address and provide the personal information of the driver whose record is being requested.
Correcting Information on Your SC Driving Record
If you find some errors on your South Carolina driving record, contact the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to have them corrected. Use the contact details below:
- Phone: (803) 896-5000
- E-mail: [email protected]