How to Get Your DMV Record in OhioA DMV record is basically a written record of a driver’s history. DMV stands for the Department of Motor Vehicles but in the U.S. state of Ohio, this function is carried out by The Bureau of Motor Vehicles. BMV is a state government-run agency under the Ohio Department of Public Safety which deals with the registry of motor vehicles and issues license plates and driver's licenses.
The Driving Record has a lot of information including personal details, License details, traffic violations and convictions, suspensions, fines, etc. There are various types of BMV Records which can be accessed by a person. These types are the Driving Record Abstract, Last Known Address, Driver License History, Driving Record History, Vehicle Registration Record, Vehicle Title Record and Vehicle Title Record(Historical chains of Ownership).
The full details of these records are available on the official website as well as the form BMV 1173. The requesting person should go through these details before filling the form.
How can you access your Driver's record?
A person can access the record by mailing a completed Record Request (form BMV 1173) which can be downloaded from the official website of the agency (bmv.ohio.gov).
The BMV Record Request Form consists of five sections; in the first section, the information requesting applicant has to fill their full name and mailing address. The second section asks for the applicable identifiers which include Ohio Driver License, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Ohio License Plate Number, Vehicle Identification Number, and Ohio Title Number. One should provide as many identifiers as possible to fully assist in their search.
A person can also request another person’s driving or vehicle(s) record by providing their name in the second section. One can request records for more than one person or vehicle by attaching additional sheets.
In section three, one has to mark on the type of BMV Record(s) requested for and a fee of $5.00 has to be paid per record. In section four, a person needs to mark their qualification for requesting the record(s). The last section is an undertaking in which the requesting person has to provide their signature and date.
The filled form and the applicable fees have to be mailed to:
Attn: BMV Records
PO Box 16520
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Ohio also provides online services for getting a Certified 3-Year Driving Record or an Unofficial 2-Year Driving Record. The link for the same is available on the official website. After clicking on the link you will be prompted to a page where you will have to select the requested record.
If you select the unofficial record, then you will be asked to fill the required identification details. You can either provide your Personal information or your Driver's License information. Providing the last four digits of the Social Security Number(SSN) is necessary. For the Certified 3-Year Record, you will have to sign an undertaking before providing details. The rest of the procedure is the same as the unofficial one followed by the $5 fee payment which is free in case of the unofficial record.
A clean driver's record can be very helpful if you are applying for new insurance for your vehicle which is compulsory to have in the state of Ohio. Also, as the driver's record has the information about your driving history which includes traffic rules violations so it can also help you in keeping your driving habits in mind.