Texas driving record is a document that shows your motor vehicle driving history, including your personal information, violations, driver’s license suspensions, revocations etc. This document is also called Texas Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) and can be obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Types of Texas Driver Records
- Status Record: This record provides information about your full names, date of birth, driver license status, home address and the date of Texas driver’s license application.
- 3-Year History: This record contains a 3 year driving history, and it includes all the information of status record, a list of all traffic accidents, and all moving and non-moving violations.
- Certified 3-Year History: This record is the same as a 3-Year History record, except it is certified. Unlike a 3-Year History record, this one can’t be used for a defensive driving course.
- All Crashes and Violations: Only you can access this record. This record contains personal information, a list of all crashes and a list of all moving and non-moving violations. Like Certified 3-Year History, this record isn’t valid for a defensive driving course.
- Certified All Crashes and Violations: This is a certified version of the All Crashes and Violations record. This means you can use it for official purpose. You are the only person who can obtain this record.
- Certified Complete Abstract: This is a certified, complete driver abstracts. This record includes entire details of your driving history plus personal information.
Period the Info Stays on Your Driving Record
A complete driver abstract contains entire details of your driving history. For instance, serious and non serious violations stay on your driving record forever. So your complete abstract record shows every happening on your driving history.
Why Order Texas Driving Records?
The following are reasons why people order their records:
- To check their accuracy since incorrect records may impact 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.
Who Sees Your Texas Driving Record?
Texas Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) allows driving records to be released in accordance with its regulations. The following is a list of entities that can see your driving record:
- A person with written consent from the driver
- Court or law enforcement
- News media representatives for reasonable law enforcement purposes
- Towing companies
- Security agencies
- Licensed private investigators
- An employer requesting it to verify their driver license information
- An entity that wants to prevent car insurance fraud.
Employers and Your Driving Record
Employers can request your Texas driving record, especially if the job is all about hiring drivers. They use your record when carrying out backgrounds checks on you to see whether you are fit for the advertised job. So potential employers will check the number and nature of traffic violations you have committed, history of convictions and the status of your driver’s license.
Car Insurance and Your Texas Driving Record
Vehicle insurance companies use your Texas driving record to determine your insurance rates. If you are considered a high risk driver, you will probably pay higher rates or denied for insurance policy.
How to Order a Texas Driving Record
You can order your Texas driving record online or by mail. Driver records cannot be requested in person.
You can request your Texas driving record online through TX DPS Online Driver Record Request System. You will be asked to provide your driver’s license number, your date of birth, DPS audit number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Once your request is processed, you can view it or print it immediately.
You can also request some of your Texas driving records by mail. To start the process, download and fill in Form DR-1 (Application for Copy of Driver Record). The fees you pay depend on the type of record requested:
- Status record: $4
- 3-Year History: $6
- Certified 3-Year History: $10
- All Crashes and Violations: $7
- Certified All Crashes and Violations: $10.
You can either pay by check or money order payable to TX DPS. Your check/money order and your application must be mailed to: Texas Department of Public Safety P.O. Box 149008 Austin, TX 78714 Type AR Certified Abstract
Ordering Certified Complete Abstract
You can order your Certified Complete Abstract online by visiting Texas Online Driver Record Request System. You will be asked to enter your driver’s license number, your date of birth, DPS audit number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Once your request is processed, you can view it or print it immediately. You can also request your Certified Complete Abstract by mail. You will need to fill form DF-36 (Request for a Certified Abstract of a Driver Record Form). The fee for this record is $20. Your application will be processed and you will receive your record through mail after two weeks.
Order another Person’s Driver Record
Under Texas Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, attorney, employer or insurance company may request someone else’s Texas 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.
Driving Records and Third-Party Vendors
You can also order your Texas driving record using third-party providers. Their services are much faster when you compare them with DPS online service. Some of the driving records provided by third-party providers are certified.
Correcting errors on Your Driving Record
If you find some errors on your Texas driving record, contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to have them corrected. Use the contact their phone (512) 424-2600 or choose to email them.
National Driver Register Record Checks
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.
If you’re an employer ordering a National Driver Register record of a prospective or current employee, you must fill and complete Form LI-15. You will need to mail your application to the Texas Department of Public Safety via the address listed on the form. You must submit a check or money order of $4 together with your application.
To order a copy of your own National Driver Register record, you must send a notarized letter know as a privacy act request containing your personal information and driver’s license number and then mail it to the Texas Department of Public Safety using the address below: National Driver Register 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20590