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Your driving record is important because it has the potential to impact your car insurance rates and your job search. In fact, your driving record can be more important than your MD driver’s license. To this effect, it is therefore crucial to know about the information contained in your driving record. You can order your driving record via the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and have the opportunity to see a record of your time on the roads. Examining your driving record can assist you to:
- Monitor for potential identity theft
- Verify that all data is correct
- Track your violations.
Categories of Driving Records in Maryland
The following driving records are available in Maryland:
- Probation prior to judgment driving record
- Complete driving record. 3-year driving record.
Complete and 3-Year Driving Records
Your three year Maryland driving information will show your driving history for the past three years and will encompass:
- Convictions of traffic violation
- Your participation in any car accidents in Maryland
- Any revocations and suspensions of your MD driver’s license
- Your driver’s status and license issuances.
All the above information will also be contained in your entire driving record and not just for the previous three years.
Probation before Judgment Driving Record
The following information will be contained in your PBR driving record:
- All information in your entire driving record
- Any probation prior to judgments in your driving history
- A probation before judgment is defined as any time you plead guilty for a crime and probation is assigned to you.
PBR can only be ordered by the following individual(s):
- Government officials
- Your attorney
Certifying your Maryland Driving Record
You may be required to have a certified driving record in certain circumstances. For instance, Courts and employers may request a certified driving record. You can order a certified driving record in Maryland irrespective of the categories described above.
How to Order Your Driving Record
Maryland driving record can be ordered through the following ways:
- Through online
- In person.
You can order for your driving history via online at the MVA website. You can pay the applicable fee using electronic check, American Express, MasterCard, or a Visa. The following are applicable fees:
- Non-certified: $ 9
- Certified: $12.
You will need the following when paying by electronic check:
- Your date of birth
- The number of your Maryland driver’s license
- Your checking account number
- Routing number.
Your MD driving record can be ordered by filling the Request for Motor Vehicle Administration Records and presenting it to Motor Vehicle Administration with proof of payment of applicable fee highlighted above. Payment can be done by American Express, MasterCard, Visa, check or cash. Kindly, note that the fees are not refundable. In case you order a driving record that has been certified, the Motor Vehicle Administration will mail it using the address you provided. Therefore, make sure that you provide your current address to Motor Vehicle Administration. In the event that Motor Vehicle Administration does not have your current address, you need to update prior to ordering your driving record.
Ordering non-Certified Driving Record
If you urgently need your non-certified driving record, order it online.
Your Privacy and Driving Record
All your confidential information contained in your driving record will be kept confidential as per the Maryland’s laws. The following information is considered as private information:
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number
However, the information below will be open to the public:
- The odometer reading on your car
- Your insurance policy number
- Your insurance company
- Your car’s title number
- Your car’s vehicle identification number
- Your zip code
- Any car accident information
- Driving violations in the past 3 years
- Your driving status.
You can request for a non-certified driving record if you have your birth date and your name or if you have your driver’s license. You request must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Getting Rid of Violations on Your Driving Record
The following criterion is used to remove majority of traffic violations, three years after your conviction:
- If the previous three years you have not been convicted of: Any criminal offence that involves a motor vehicle Another moving violation
- Your driving license has never been revoked or suspended
- You have not been given probation before judgment or been convicted for: Drunk driving Running away from the scene of car accident involving death or injury.
In case you do not meet the above criterion, you can still have the opportunity to request for the removal of a violation from your Maryland driving record by filling an Expungement Request form and mailing it to the following address: MVA Administrative Adjudication Division Expungement Unit 6601 Ritchie Highway, NE Glen Burnie, MD 21062