Whether you are a law enforcement agency or an insurance company, you can request driving record via the Registry of Motor Vehicles Merit Rating Board. Your own driving history will consist of information on out-of-state driving history, at-fault accidents and your previous traffic violations and can be employed:
- To authenticate your own data to prevent theft and for background checks
- In legal proceedings
- To fine-tune your car insurance policy.
Categories of Massachusetts Driving Records
Your own driving record in Massachusetts will consist of:
- Personal information, including your Date of birth, MA driver’s license number and Full name
- Out-of-state driving history (if required)
- At-fault traffic accidents
- Past traffic violations.
The state’s RMV provides two categories of driving records:
- Non-certified driving records
- Certified driving record which can be used in courts.
You can request your own driving record:
- By phone
- In person
- By mail
You can also request another person’s driving history:
- In person
- By mail
NOTE: If you are ordering certified driving record by phone or mail, it takes 10 business days to process.
Getting Rid of Points from Your Own MA Driving Record
The Massachusetts Rating Board adds point to your own MA driving record when you cause accidents and violate traffic laws. These points have the potential to revoke or suspend your own MA driver’s license and increase your car insurance rates.
- If you obtain 7 events, a combination of surchargeable and/or moving violations in 3 years, your driver’s license will be suspended for 2 months.
- In case you obtain three events, a combination of surchargeable and/or moving violations in 2 years, your own driver’s license will be suspended. This will be removed if you succeed in completing a Driver Retaining Course within 3 months of receiving notification of the suspension.
- In case you get 3 tickets for speeding in 1 year, you own driver’s license will be suspended automatically for 30 days.
Points will be removed by the Massachusetts RMV in case:
- You have at least three years driving experience: 1 point
- Your last surchargeable violations took place at least 3 years before your car insurance policy began: 1 point
- You have obtained three violations or less within the previous five years since your insurance policy began: 1 point.
Order Your MA Driving Record
You can request non-certified or certified copies of your own MA driving history either through:
- In person
- By phone
- By mail
In case you want to order your MA driving record online, visit MA RMV website and provide the following:
- Your Social Security number
- Your date of birth
- Your first and last name
- Your MA driver’s license number.
Order by Mail
To order your MA driving history by mail, you will need:
- A letter that encompasses your full name, date of birth, MA driver’s license number and Mailing address
Then send the above by mail to: Attention: MA Driving Records Motor Vehicle Registry Department of Court Records P.O. Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205-5896
Order by Phone
To order your MA driving record by phone, make a call at:
- (877) 768-8833 for those with hearing problem
- (800) 858-3926 from those outside MA. OR
- (857) 368-8000 from MA area codes 339/617/781/857.
NOTE: The Massachusetts RMV customer service representatives are available Monday–Friday from 9 am-5 pm.
Order in Person
To order Massachusetts driving record in person, you will be required to visit your local MA RMV office and bring your:
- MA driver’s license.
Employers, Insurance Agencies, & Attorney Requests
The following categories are the scenarios in which someone else’s MA driving record can be requested:
- For official business by Government agencies
- Business and employers verifying personal information for employees background checks
- For use in criminal, civil or administrative proceedings in state, federal or local courts
- Insurance agencies adjusting insurance policies or investigating claims.
You can get a complete list of permitted uses on the Consent to Release Record(s) (Form DDPA-2). NOTE: Contact the MA RMV Production Control Department at (617) 660-4330 if your business or agency qualifies to request groups of MA driving records. You can order someone else’s MA driving record online, by mail, or in person.
When requesting for MA driving record online, visit the MA DMV driving record request website and then provide:
- Your and the driver’s: MA driver’s license numbers, First and last names, Dates of birth and Social Security numbers (SSN)
Order by Mail or in Person
If you want to request your MA MRB driving record in person or by mail, you’ll require:
- A copy containing your MA driver’s license or perhaps other valid photo ID
- A completed Request for Personal Information in RMV Records (Form T21078). Provide as much information as you can and initial the permitted user category that applies to you.
NOTE: You must have written consent from other drivers when requesting their driving records. Then, take the above documents to the offices for your local Massachusetts RMV office or you can mail them to: Registry of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205-5889 ATTN: Court Records NOTE: When not requesting a certified driving record, you need to address your letter to “ATTN: Mail Listings”.
Fees for a Massachusetts Driving Record
Both certified and non-certified MA driving record attracts different fees as follows:
- Certified true and attested driving record: Fee of $20
- Non-certified unattested driving record: Fee of $6.
Accepted Forms of Payment
For online and by phone driving history record transactions, the MA RMV only accepts the following credit cards:
- American Express.
For any requests for MA driving record by mail, the MA RMV only accepts payment by money order or checks payable to “MassDOT.” When doing requests for MA driving record in person, the RMV accepts payment through:
- Money orders
- Master Cash
- Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express credit/debit cards.
Fix Errors on Your MA Driving Record
If you think that the information on your MA driving record is inaccurate, you ought to contact the Massachusetts RMV. Incorrect information on your MA driving record can lead to fines or increased premium rates.