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How to Order Your DMV Driving Records


Department of Motor VehiclesIf you are considering a career in trucking, it is always best to receive a copy of your DMV driving records.  Even if you believe that there are no problems, it is a good idea to confirm that there has not been any misinformed information that was accidentally recorded against your driving record.   Each state offers online services for you to order your DMV records at a very minimal cost.    Records of each state will vary and many will offer a variety of different records that you can receive.

Each state will likely offer a three and five year background record, but many will also provide more in-depth records as well.  For example, the state of Texas offers the following DMV records:

  • Status Record (Type 1): name, date of birth (DOB), license status, and latest address.
  • 3-year History Record (Type 2): name, DOB, license status, list of accidents and violations in record within past 3-year period.
  • List of All Accidents and Violations in Record (Type 3): name, DOB, license status, list of all accidents and violations in record.
  • Certified 3-year History record (Type 2A): certified version of Type 2.   This record is not acceptable for Defensive Driving Course (DDC).
  • Certified List of All Accidents and Violations in Record (Type 3A): certified version of Type 3.   This record is acceptable for Defensive Driving Course (DDC).
  • Certified Abstracts of Driving Record (“AOR”): Certified abstract of complete driving record of a license holder.

In order to obtain the most valuable information on your DMV driving record, naturally, the certified records are the most informative.    Again,  each record is offered through various minimal fees, anywhere between $4.50 and $22.00 as in the case of Texas.  Fees will differ from state to state.  The small fee required is well worth drivers knowing exactly what is on their driving records.

By knowing what information is on your DMV driving records beforehand . . . will greatly assist you in preparing for a career in trucking, before shelling out thousands of dollars for CDL training.

To stay on top of your DMV driver record, check out your state DMV website.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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