How to Find Driving Records in Arizona?
Driving records contain information about one’s driving history and are crucial to various parties concerned. They are public records managed by the Motor Vehicle Agency of each state and can be accessed by:
- People who want an idea of what’s in their record just out of curiosity.
- Employers who want to check that their commercial drivers have clean driving records and are for the job.
- Students looking for financial aid who need to have a clear history in terms of DUI charges or convictions.
- Insurance agents who want information on a person’s driving history to make decisions about insurance policies granted.
- The police to make sure the validity of license status.
Most driving records include information about:
- The state of origination of the record.
- Personal identification details like full name, address, date of birth.
- Driver’s license information.
- Driver license points.
- Conviction details
- Voter registration status and citizenship status.
While driving records are part of the public records that are accessible to all, people requesting driving records from an individual must show that their record request is justified and they have followed due process to obtain the necessary records. Third-party agencies may also be used for this purpose, but in the case of legal matters, uncertified records do not carry weight.
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) offers different types of driving records for which you can submit an online request, a request via mail, or in person at your local Arizona MVD office.
- A 39-month uncertified record shows traffic violations in the last 39 months and can be accessed online, by mail, or in person.
- A 39-month-certified record is only available in person and shows traffic violations in the last 39 months.
- The 5-year certified and uncertified record shows traffic history for the past 5 years and can be accessed via mail or in person.
The only driving record you can order online is a 39-month uncertified MVR on the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division website, where you have to fill in and verify your personal details, Social Security number and pay the required fee via VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover and have the chance to see and print your record right away.
Getting records offline
Other types of records can be accessed via mail or in person, for which, you will have to fill up a Motor Vehicle Record Request (Form 46-4416), make the required payment via cash, cheque, money order, or credit card (at some locations only), and carry the driver’s signed consent for you to have access to their record if you’re making a request for the record of another. You will need to get it notarized by an MVD agent prior to mailing it and then, you may mail it to Motor Vehicle Division’s Mail Drop 504M at PO Box 2100, Phoenix AZ, zip code 85001-2100. The process to receive the records usually takes 2 weeks.
The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) is a federal law prohibiting the dissemination of information relating to a driving record that does not meet the DPPA permissible use criteria. If requested by an employer or another party for your Arizona driving record, you can give your consent through either of these forms: Consent To Release Motor Vehicle Record (Form 96-0276 for ongoing consent) and (Form 96-0463 for one-time consent).
- Certified record: $5.
- Uncertified record: $2 to $3 (by mail).
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