Florida Driving Records: What's Inside and How to Get a Copy
Have you ever wondered what's in your Florida driving record? If not, consider the effects that your driving history can have on your life and career.
Insurance companies routinely check driving records to determine their clients' car insurance rates, and employers review records while screening job candidates and deciding if an employee should drive a company vehicle.
Your Florida driving record, also known as your motor vehicle record (MVR), contains important information about your driving history, including:
- Any moving or nonmoving violations
- Crashes that resulted in a citation
- Driving restrictions, such as daylight driving only
- License suspensions
- Traffic school completions
- Exam results
You can obtain a copy of your Florida driving record online at FloridaDrivingRecord.com. When you order, you can choose to receive your record by U.S. mail or instantly by email. Alternatively, you can request your MVR by visiting any driver's license office or any tax collector or county clerk that provides this service.
Types of Florida Driving Records
Three types of Florida driving records are available online:
- Three-year driving record
- Seven-year driving record
- Complete driving record
Three- and seven-year driving records contain traffic infractions, driving restrictions and additional information. However, if you received a ticket and went to traffic school to keep points off your license, those infractions will not appear on your three- or seven-year driving records.
Your complete driving record will contain all infractions, driving restrictions and additional information dating back approximately 11 years. It will list any traffic infractions that were removed from your three- and seven-year driving records because you completed traffic school. It will also include traffic infractions that other states have reported to Florida.
Are You Close to Having Your License Suspended?
Florida drivers who accumulate too many points on their record can lose their license temporarily. If you have committed several traffic violations and want to know how close you are to getting your license suspended, you can order a copy of your driving record to find out.
The state will suspend your license for 30 days if you accumulate 12 points over a 12-month period. Receiving 18 points over 18 months will result in a three-month suspension. And if you accumulate 24 points over 36 months, then your license will be suspended for a full year.
Check Your Driving Record for Incorrect Information
If the information on your driving record is inaccurate, you may end up paying higher insurance rates or missing out on job opportunities. Periodically review your driving record as you would your credit report to find any errors that could harm your financial well-being.
If you notice any errors on your motor vehicle record, contact the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at 850-617-2000.
Sections Included in Your Florida Driving Record
Your driving record is divided into multiple sections that list information on your identity, driving history, license type and more. Find out exactly what information is included in your driving record.
Driving records typically contain identifying information such as your name, date of birth, address and social security number. But when you order your driving record online, your name, address and social security number will not appear. The protection of this information is mandated by the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and federal regulations.
Current License Type
This section displays the class of your current license. A Class E license, which is the most common, allows you to drive noncommercial motor vehicles that weigh less than 26,001 pounds.
Original and Prior State Information
This section indicates when your original driver's license was issued. If applicable, it will also contain information about your commercial driver's license (CDL) or any driver's licenses you held in other states.
This section displays the type and status of your current license, as well as issue dates and expiration dates. Your status may be listed as eligible, noneligible, suspended, canceled, disqualified or revoked. The License Type section will also list any permits, identification cards, operators and CDLs you have held previously.
Here you will find the issue dates for your licenses and ID cards, including the dates of any renewals and replacements.
The Exams section provides your scores on exams, including knowledge tests, driving tests and vision tests. It lists the number of exam attempts, the dates and your results.
When applicable, this section provides your commercial driver's license exam scores, testing dates, the number of test attempts and your results.
Restrictions and Endorsements
This section lists any driving restrictions and endorsements on your license. Restrictions limit your ability to drive by requiring certain conditions to be met. For example, you may be required to wear corrective lenses or drive only automatic transmission vehicles. Endorsements allow you to drive certain vehicles, such as motorcycles, hazardous material transports or tankers.
Special Driver Information
Information related to your status or driving record is found in this section. It may indicate that you are a safe driver, an organ donor or a person eligible to renew your license online.
This section lists any actions taken against you for violating state or federal laws while driving.
The Violations section contains information about your traffic violations, including the date, location, citation number and number of points added to your record.
This section lists any crashes you were involved in that resulted in a citation.
This section lists the driver's school courses you completed after a sanction or violation.
This section lists the clerk of court school elections for violations. It will list instances when you were not eligible to elect to go to traffic school or when you failed to complete a course in the required time frame. Your complete driving record will also list satisfaction of sanctions, such as a failure to comply with a traffic citation.
Florida Driving Records for Businesses
Businesses that routinely check the driving records of their employees or job candidates can receive discounted rates on online driving records. For more information, visit FloridaDrivingRecord.com.