How to Get Your DMV Record in KentuckyEach and every driver’s license issued in Kentucky has an associated driving history record. These records contain details of all licenses issued in one's name, identity information, traffic violation records and administrative citations made by the DMV administration. These records are used by the DMV as one of the key criteria in determining one's driving privileges.
These records are made available to the general public and interested 3rd parties. The department maintains a 5-year driving history for ordinary license holders and lifetime driving history records for commercial license holders. There are two types of records that are made available by the DMV:
- 3 years of driving history that can be requested by anyone. This record is devoid of any personally identifiable characteristics such as social security numbers, names, and addresses.
- A complete driving history record that has identifiable information such as name, address and social security number, all licenses in one’s name, traffic violation records, administrative citations as well as details of all commercial licenses held under that name. It is worth pointing out that this record is not available to anyone other than the person themselves. Complete history records for third parties can be obtained only by a subpoena or by submitting a notarized release from the driver themselves.
The DMV provides a number of channels for obtaining these records. The request can be made online, in person or via mail.
Online applicants must have a valid kentuky.gov account in order to access the portal. If you don't have an account you can sign up for the same here.
The DMV website lists American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover network as their banking partners. After the application form has been filled and the payment processed relevant data is made available for download from their website for fourteen days.
The online mode provides a three-year record that costs three dollars plus two dollars fifty cents electronic access charge plus any other charges that may or may not be levied by your banking partner.
It is worth mentioning that the 5-year record obtained from the portal is not a certified copy and as such is useless as a clearance letter. More information on clearance letters is provided in the last section of this article.
All available records can be obtained from division field licensing offices on payment of the requisite three dollars fee
Complete driving history for a fee of three dollars can be obtained by mailing check or money order payable to Kentucky treasurer along with the request. Please make sure to mention in the request the name, license number, social security number, date of birth and current address along with the fees and mail it to the following address.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Driver Licensing
Attn: Driver History Records / Fees Section
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
Clearance letters are certified copies of complete 5-year driving history. This record is different from the five-year record provided online as it is a certified copy and as such has it can be used in courts and bar exams. This facility is not available online and can only be applied in person at field offices, via mail or by phone.
More information on this topic is listed here.