Driving Records and You: Why they matter

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The driving record is one of the most important public records that we rarely see. Companies all around us use them, our employers use them. That being said, how many times have you seen your own driving record? Most people don’t even know what a driving record is, much less how to find them.

What is a driving record search?

A driving record is simply a record of every moment that you, your driving, and the government have all been in contact. Your first drivers test results, every car accident you’ve ever been in, every traffic violation you’ve ever done, it’s all there. 

Many companies and organizations use your driving record when dealing with you. Whenever a car insurance company determines your rates, your driving record is the primary determinant on how expensive they are. If you’re trying to lease a car, your driving record is once again incredibly important. If you want to apply for a company vehicle, work as a delivery driver, or start trucking, your driving record will be used against you.

How can I access my driving record?

There are a couple of ways to access your driving record, ranging from “so easy it’s stupid” to “bureacratic, red tape filled nightmare”. We’ll go through them accordingly.

 

  • An online public records search

 

This would be the “so easy it’s stupid” option. All you need to do this is navigate to SpyFly, type your name in, and select whichever state your drivers’ license was issued in(or any state that issued it in the past). You can also search via states wherein you’ve received a speeding ticket, or had a car accident. Results should be popping up in moments. Online public records searches are easily the fastest way to go about obtaining your driving record, and SpyFly can literally be accessed from anywhere with the internet, on almost any device that can access the internet. 

 

  • Visit a legal office

 

Maybe you’re friends with a lawyer. Maybe you’re just fond of spending money. Maybe you are an attorney. Regardless, this option only requires you to visit a legal office, and speak with an attorney about your request. Most legal offices pay to have access to a premium legal database, and these should have access to your driving records, among many other things.

However, there’s one hefty drawback to this. You’ll need to pay a consultation fee for this service. Lawyers are unlikely to provide you with your driving record pro bono, and as such, you’ll be subject to an exorbitant cost. Obviously, if you’re good friends with a lawyer, this can likely be discussed, but if you don’t have the contacts you need, then it’s going to be expensive.

 

  • Visit a local Department of Motor Vehicles

 

Technically, the DMV is the creator and curator of your driving record, and will certainly have access to your driving record. However, if you can recall any visit to the DMV, then you’ll likely remember long lines, tortoise-like service, and tons of problems that have earned the title of “bureaucratic, red tape filled nightmare. But, if you don’t mind spending a day or longer searching for your driving record then the DMV is a viable option for you to utilize.

SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.

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