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The Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) is the department that provides information about motor vehicle driving records. These records essentially show your driving history, including your driver’s license suspensions, revocations, tickets, violations, accidents and other information related to your driving experience.
Illinois Driving Record information
Your Illinois driving record shows the following information:
- Points accumulated from traffic infractions
- Traffic violations, including DUI convictions and speeding tickets
- Driver’s license suspensions, cancelations and revocations.
Your Illinois driving record is an important document and getting a copy of it can help you in a number of ways:
- To ensure that the record is accurate
- To determine the accuracy since most insurance companies will need clean records when calculating your insurance rates
- To keep an eye out for identity theft
- To give your prospective employer to use it when conducting pre-employment background check.
Duration of Information
The period for which the information stays on your public driving record abstract, depends on the infraction. Moving violations such as running a red light, speeding etc. remain on your driving record for 4 to 5 years. For tickets that led to driver’s license revocation or suspension, they will remain on your record for at least 7 years. For traffic violation involving alcohol or drugs, those infraction stay on your record for life. Contact your local SOS office for information specific to your situation.
Employers and Your Illinois Driving Record Abstract
Many employment agencies, particularly those hiring drivers, may want to check your driving record to see whether you are a qualified candidate for their positions.
Car Insurance and Your Illinois Driving Record Abstract
In most cases, car insurance providers check your driving record to determine your car insurance rates. If you have a clean driving record, you are likely to get low insurance premiums. In Illinois, you can take a defense driving course in order to reduce your points.
Ordering Illinois Driving Records
You can order your Illinois driving record from Illinois Secretary of State (SOS):
- In person
- By mail.
To order your driving record in person you will need to:
- Visit your local Driver Services facility
- Carry with you a filled and completed Form DSD DC 164 (Driving Record Abstract Request Form)
- Pay the $12 fee (payment by debit or credit card are not accepted).
You will receive your Illinois driving record driver abstract immediately.
You can also order your driving record by mail. To do so, you will need to:
- Fill and complete Form DSD DC 164 (Driving Record Abstract Request Form)
- Pay the $12 fee (through a check or money order).
The above are mailed to: Driver Analysis Section 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62723 You will receive a response within 10 business days. If you fail to hear from them, call them at (217) 782-2720 to inquire on the progress of your request
Ordering another Person’s Record
You can order another person’s driving record if you have permission from that person. The above steps are followed but bear in mind:
- For in person driving record requests, you will receive the record by mail after 15 days
- For mail requests, you must include full name, date of birth, sex and driver license number of the person whose record is being requested.
Information on their traffic violations and convictions is regarded as public information but you won’t receive record on their personal information.
The SOS Parental Access program has made it easier for parents and legal guardians to access Illinois driving record for their teenagers online. So, if you are a parent or a guardian, you can get driving record for your teenager online by:
- Visiting the state’s Parental Access page
- Entering your teen’s driver license or instruction permit number, driver license or identification card number, the last 4 digits of your teen’s Social Security number and your teen’s PIN. If you can find your teen’s PIN, visit the state’s Lost Pin Request page.
You can view your teen’s driving record online immediately after submitting your application. This record is available for free until your teenager turns 18 years old.
Rectifying Errors on Your Illinois Driving Record
Having a clean Illinois driving record can help you get lower insurance rates or get a job easily. So, it is important to correct any errors on your driving record. Contact the Driver Records Unit to have your incorrect record corrected. Use the contact information below: Phone: (217) 782-2720