How and Why to Do a DMV Check

DMV Check

Every state has its own Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with multiple field offices, and almost everyone has to do business with DMV at some point. 

Besides registering all the vehicles in the state, issuing drivers licenses, ID cards, and license plates, DMV also tracks stolen vehicles, investigates fraud, and has its own law enforcement officers. DMV is a large and busy organization.

Navigating through the DMV system can be challenging, and in response, DMV offices are making it easier to do a DMV application check, pay fines, and report changes of address through the DMV website and at DMV kiosks where customers can transact business at a DMV office without standing in line. 

Why Do a DMV Application Status Check?

People sometimes get tickets and forget to pay them, overlook registration renewal notices or fail to receive them, or get points on their driving record without realizing. Checking on the status of your driving documents and records can prevent an unpleasant surprise in the future.

DMV offices in many states now have easy methods for people to check on the status of their driving records using a portal called MyDMV. 

Driving records are not all about the negative. Your good driving habits are also part of what is recorded. This information is not available to the general public, but your auto insurance company and potential employers can have access to the details of your driving record. 

A clean record keeps your insurance rates low and keeps your premiums down when you buy new insurance. 

Keeping yourself informed about the status of your DMV applications, records, and documents is one of the best reasons for doing a DMV status or application check. DMV sometimes makes mistakes, and if you check your own records, you can correct this. 

What You Can Find Out with a DMV Status Check

When you sign-up at DMV to access your records, you can check on:

•    The status of your drivers license

•    How many driver’s violation points are on your record

•    Renewal dates for your license and vehicle registration

•    The address of record DMV has for you

•    The status of any applications you have recently mailed to DMV

•    Renew or replace registration and other documents

How to Get a DMV Driving Record Printout

Besides looking online at your driving records, you can also request a print-out of this information. Employers and organizations you volunteer to drive for sometimes require a print-out of driving records. 

Many states provide this information for free and some charge a small fee. If you need a DMV driving record print-out, contact your state DMV office to find out how to order it. You may be able to request this print-out over the phone or online. In other areas, you may need to go into a DMV office and present photo ID.

Find your local DMV to do a DMV check.