If 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.
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