This article contains information about Pennsylvania driving records and how you can order them from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. You can request your driving record for reasons that include:
- To give it your employer
- Make sure you don’t have any errors
- Get an insurance quote.
Pennsylvania Driving Record information
If your car is registered and you have a driver’s license, PennDOT will have Pennsylvania driving record on file. This record basically contains the following information:
- Your driving history
- Accidents that you might have caused or involved
- Violations incurred.
NOTE: This record does not show the number of points accumulated as a result of violations or accidents. The information on points can only be accessed through PennDOT website point system section.
Why Do You Need Your Driving Record?
A Pennsylvania driving record is needed because of the following reasons:
- To ensure that they are accurate
- To determine their accuracy since most insurance companies will need clean records when calculating your insurance rates
- You may request them to keep an eye out for identity theft
- To give your prospective employer to use them when conducting pre-employment background check.
Who Can See Your Pennsylvania Driving Record?
Pennsylvania Driving records are commonly ordered by: Employers as part of their pre-employment screening exercise Insurance companies who use them to determine your vehicle insurance rates Other people may request your driving record to support a business transaction initiated by you By banks to assess a credit/payment risk associated loan applied.
Types of Pennsylvania Driving Records
There are various types of Pennsylvania driving records as explained below:
- Basic Record — this shows your name, date of birth, address, driver number and class of license.
- 3-Year or 10-Year Record — this record contains basic information, as well as your driver’s license status and any violations that you might have committed. A 10-year driving record will be used for employment purposes only.
- Full Driving History — this record contains basic information, as well as the status of your Pennsylvania driver’s license and a complete history of violations.
- Certified Record — this record is used for official purpose and it contains full driving history.
- Employment-Related Driving Records.
Order Your Pennsylvania Driving Record
You can request your full driver’s history, 10-year driving record or 3-year driving record online through PennDOT official website. You need to create your account and to request your driving record you need to provide:
- Your name
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number
- Last 4 digits of your SSN.
You will need a debit or credit card to pay the fee. If your request is accepted, you will receive a PDF Pennsylvania driving history which you may print or save in your PC. NOTE: For certified Pennsylvania driving records, get them from the Department of Transportation by mail or in person.
In Person or By Mail
You can also request your Pennsylvania driving record by mail or in person. You will need to:
- Fill Form DL-503 (Request for MVR Form)
- Submit payment.
The above package is submitted to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation through mail or in person.
- In person visit your Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office using the physical address on the form
- Through mail send the package to the address listed on the form.
NOTE: Complete sections A, C, and D, if you are requesting another person’s driving record.
Pennsylvania Driving Record Fees
Pennsylvania driving record fees varies depending on the type of record requested. The fee for each record is shown below:
- $8 for basic history
- $8 for a 3-year driving record
- $8 for a 10-year driving record
- $8 for a Full driver history
- $30 for certified full driver history.
Accepted Payment Methods
- For online request payment can be made using a credit card or debit card only
- For in person or by mail request, payment must be made by money order or check.
NOTE: The Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg is the only Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office that will also accept cash.