Obtaining Your Florida Driving Records
Traffic violations, the original issue date of your driver's license, driver’s school -- all of these items (and more) show up on your Florida driving record, demonstrating how you’ve handled your time behind the wheel. Luckily, you can access this document, but so can potential employers and insurance agencies. In short, it pays to view your record and check for any inaccuracies or points.
You have options if you’re looking to obtain your Florida driving record (also known as a Motor Vehicle Record or MVR). Here are typical places where you can purchase your record:
- Local Florida DMV Office
- Court Clerks that Offer Records
- Tax Collector with These Services
- Private services like our website - DriveSafeToday.com
While you can also choose to order your record by mail through the Florida Bureau of Records, the best option is to access your Florida driving record online. It’s fast, easy, and instant -- no need to stand in line for hours at the DMV office.
Reasons for Viewing Your Florida Driving Records
Your Florida driving record is similar to your credit report - you should view it regularly to ensure there are no errors. Your driving record includes points, violations, suspensions, restrictions, accidents, and traffic school completions.
These items can have a direct impact on your car insurance rates, employment, etc. Points are especially essential to check as too many can cause your license to become suspended. For example, if you acquire 12 points in 12 months, your license will be suspended for 30 days. If you acquire 18 points within 18 months, your license will be suspended for 3 months. 24 points within 36 months means a 12-month suspension.
As such, it's important to make sure that your Florida driving record reflects accurate information. You may also need your driving record for employment, when purchasing a new car, or to check eligibility for traffic school.
Note: If you simply want to check your license’s status, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
3 Types of Florida Driving Records
There are three types of Florida DMV driving records that you can access: a 3-year, 7-year, and complete 11-year record. Here’s the information that each type of record includes:
- 3-year record. This record covers recorded driving incidents over the past 3 years including driving violations, points, restrictions, accidents and open suspensions.
- 7-year record. This record is almost identical to a 3-year record except it covers recorded driving incidents from the past 7 years.
- 11-year record. Also known as a complete driving record, this record covers recorded driving incidents over the past 11 years. In addition to the information on the 3 and 7-year record, it also includes closed suspensions and traffic school completions.
The type of record that you choose to purchase depends on the time frame you want to check your driving record.
Information on a Florida Driving Record
Although the specific information you receive on your driving record depends on the type of driving record you purchase such as a 3-year or 7-year record, a typical Florida driving record includes the following information:
- Name (Only available if requesting your own record)
- Date of Birth
- Address (Only available if requesting your own record)
- Driver License Number
- Current License Type
- Prior State and Driver License Number (if applicable)
- Original License Issued*
- Issuance History
- Restrictions and Endorsements
- Special Driver Information
- Sanctions and Notices
If you’re looking to find the original issue date of your driver's license in Florida, it will show up in this section of your Florida driving record.
- This section includes any violations such as speeding tickets, traffic accidents, crashes, etc.
- The number of points on your license.
- Entries include crash date, county, and/or state where the crash happened.
- A crash will only show up if a citation was given.
- Any traffic school courses that you’ve completed due to violations or sanctions.
The driving record also includes any correspondence that occurred such as a notice that you didn’t complete or failed a traffic course.
Conveniently Access Your Florida Driving Records Through a DHSMV Approved Provider
Driving records provided by DriveSafeToday are authorized and approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) which means you no longer have to wait at the Florida DMV to obtain your driving record.
Our official driving records are obtained from the same database used by law enforcement agencies. They are also provided in a format bearing the DHSMV logo and signature of the director. When you purchase through our website, the records are available for download and emailed to you within minutes. This is the most convenient and affordable way to obtain your driving record.
Florida Driving Record FAQs
Yes, we are approved by the Florida DHSMV as a private vendor for driving records. We access the same database that law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, and employers use to view driving records.
Similar to how you should view your credit report on a regular basis, you should also view your driving record. You want to make sure there are no errors or mistakes on the driving record that can cause your license to be suspended, issues with your employer, or result in increased insurance premiums.
Once your order is placed, you should receive your record within a few minutes. We will email the driving record to you and you will also be able to download it from your account.
If you are requesting your own record and you select the Driver's Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA") exemption as such, then your personal information such as your name and address will be on your Florida driving record. If requesting the record of someone else, then the personal information will not be on the driving record. However, the driver's license number will be listed on the record.
The 3-year driving record includes any recorded driving violations, points, restrictions, accidents and open suspensions over the last 3 years. If you want to check on recent driving incidents, a 3-year driving record will likely be your best option. A 7-year driving record is similar, but includes recorded driving incidents over the past 7 years. A complete driving record will include recorded driving incidents over the past 11 years including closed suspensions and traffic school completions.
A clean driving record means that you don't have any moving violations (aka speeding tickets), points, or accidents listed. If you do have violations from the past 3-10 years, this will show up on your record. It's important to have a clean driving record as some employers and insurance companies will check your driving record.
Once your order is placed, you should receive your driving record within a few minutes. We will email the driving record to you and you will also be able to download it from your account.
If you don't have a clean driving record, you can consider going to traffic school and completing a DSHMV-approved Basic Driver Improvement Course. This course can help remove points from traffic violations on your record. Contact the court within 30 days of receiving your traffic ticket to let them know you'll be completing a Florida BDI course to clear your record.
A speeding ticket in Florida will result in points being listed on your driving record (although the number of points applied to your license depends on the severity of the violation). Points stay on your license for 3 years in Florida. While you can't remove a ticket from your driving record, you can take a Basic Driver Improvement Course to reduce the number of points reflected on your record. This helps you avoid higher auto insurance rates and the possibility of a license suspension.
In Florida, a non-contested ticket (aka you pay the fine and don't dispute it) may show up on your driving record within 30-60 days after it's been paid. If it's a contested ticket (you dispute it), it could take several months before the ticket shows up on your record if you lose the dispute.
You can easily get a copy of your driving record online through DriveSafeToday. DriveSafeToday provides an official Florida DHSMV Authorized Driving Record which is sent instantly to you via email and available to download.
Your Florida driving record is an overview of any recorded driving incidents. So what does a driving record show exactly? It depends on the length of the driving record. A 3-year driving record includes recorded activity from the past three years, including points, violations, restrictions, accidents, and open suspensions. A 7-year driving record includes the same information but for the past seven years. A complete driving record covers recorded activity from the past 11 years. In addition to points, violations, restrictions, accidents, and open suspensions, you can also see closed suspensions and traffic school completions.
Yes, three types of Florida driving records can be obtained online from DriveSafeToday: A 3-year, 7-year, and a complete driving record. You can receive your record instantly by email and ready for download.
With DriveSafeToday, you can receive your 3-year Florida driving record for $19.95, your 7-year driving record for $24.95, and your Complete driving record for $29.95.
You normally can't check your Florida driving record for free (and you should be wary of services that promise a free record). But you can access your record instantly for a small fee. At DriveSafeToday, we offer a 3-year driving record for $19.95, a 7-year driving record for $24.95, and a Complete driving record for $29.95. Your record is sent instantly via email & available to download - no need to wait in a long line at the DMV.
Other states - except for Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin - can obtain a copy of your previous state's driving record. And although violations on your old driving record may not show up on your new driving record in a different state, employers and insurance companies will likely check your previous record if they see that you recently got a new one.
You can obtain a certified copy of your Florida DHSMV Authorized Driving Record instantly by purchasing one of DriveSafeToday's three options: 3-year, 7-year, or Complete Driving Record. You can also check for errors on your driving record and notify the Florida DMV if you spot any inaccuracies.
Your driving record will include how many points you have on your Florida driver's license so order a copy of this record to check the number. Points on your driver's license last three years, although you can go to traffic school to prevent more points from being added. Learn more about taking a Basic Driver Improvement Course with DriveSafeToday here.
Car insurance companies typically have a lookback period on your driving record from three to five years (although it can be longer). They use this information to determine your insurance rates. A poor driving record can impact your auto insurance rates negatively. For more information, it's best to contact your insurance company.
An MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) and a driving record are the same things. It's a public record of your recorded driving incidents and may include items like accidents, speeding tickets, and points on your driver's license.