Everything You Need to Know About Your DC Driving Record


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What Information Is Included in a DC Driving Record?


Driving is an essential part of daily life in the District. But have you ever wondered what information is included in your driving record?

For starters, driving records include identifying information such as name, date of birth, address, and license number. But that’s not all. Driving records also include details about any traffic citations you have received. The date of the infraction, the type of violation, and the number of points added to your record are included. If you’ve been involved in an accident, that will also be noted on your record.

Many forget that driving in DC is not a right but a privilege. Negative information on your driving record may impact:

  • Your ability to obtain or renew a driver’s license
  • Your insurance rates
  • Your employment opportunities

For example, if you’ve received a traffic ticket and paid a fine associated with it, points will be added to your driving record. Accumulating too many points on your driving record can result in license suspension.

To navigate the complexities of traffic citations, accidents, and the potential consequences on your driving privileges and overall life, it’s crucial to seek the guidance of experienced legal professionals. At Scofano Law, PC, our team has years of experience handling traffic-related matters, making us a reliable partner to navigate the intricacies of your case and work towards the most favorable resolution possible.

Navigating Your Washington DC Driving Records


Driving records in DC are maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV collects information related to your driving history, including the following:

  • Traffic violations
  • Points accrued
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Convictions
  • License status

License status may include suspensions, revocations, or restrictions imposed by the DC Superior Court. However, the DMV may have information regarding other jurisdictions as well.


Exploring Record Types

In DC, you have the option to request records covering 3, 5, or 10 years or choose a comprehensive driving history. Additionally, you can request both non-certified driving records and certified driving records from the DMV.

A non-certified record is mainly for personal use and can be requested online. You can request them if you want to review how many points you have on your driving record. You can also check your license status or check the records for errors.

In contrast, a certified driving record contains an official stamp from the DC DMV. It can be used for any official legal purpose. This type of records can be requested by employers, insurance companies, or government agencies.


Deciphering Driving Records: Certified vs. Non-Certified

Understanding the distinction between certified and non-certified records is pivotal for individuals and entities alike.

Certified driving records, embossed with an official seal from the DC DMV, serve as a veritable testament to one’s driving history. These documents are indispensable for formal proceedings, such as court cases, employment background checks, or insurance assessments. The rigor and authenticity of certified records make them a cornerstone for decisions where accuracy is non-negotiable.

Conversely, non-certified driving records are tailored for personal use. These records, easily accessible online, offer a snapshot of one’s driving history, including points, violations, and license status. Individuals often turn to non-certified records for a quick review or to ascertain their standing before formal applications. While they lack the official seal, their ease of access and immediacy make them a valuable tool for personal oversight and preparation.

Who requests these records? Employers, especially those in industries where driving is a core component of the job, may require certified records to ensure compliance and safety standards. Insurance companies also lean on certified records to gauge risk and determine premiums. On the flip side, individuals proactively seeking to understand or improve their driving record primarily utilize non-certified records.


Authorized Access and Personal Rights

According to DC laws, only authorized personnel can access your driving record. These include law enforcement agencies, courts, employers, attorneys, and insurance providers. Additionally, you have the right to access your own driving record. You can review the information and look for any errors or inconsistencies.


Requesting Records: Online, Mail, or In-Person

You can request a copy of your records online, via mail, or in person. If you choose online, you can visit DMV Online Services and choose between uncertified or certified records. After filing the form and paying the required fees, your records will be sent to your email address.

To obtain your driving records via mail, download the “Driver Record Application” form from the official DC DMV website. After accurately completing the form and attaching a photocopy of your valid identification, enclose a check or money order made payable to the “DC Treasurer” for the applicable fee. Mail the completed application, identification copy, and payment to the address specified on the form.

For an in-person request, visit a DC DMV Service Center during their operating hours. Complete the form with the required details, present your valid identification, and pay the necessary fee using accepted payment methods such as cash, credit/debit card, or check.

Always review the received records for accuracy and report any discrepancies to the DC DMV if needed. Regularly reviewing your records is wise to prevent inaccuracies, such as overstated points.

Understanding the Point System


In Washington, DC, the DMV assigns points to drivers’ records as penalties for traffic law violations. Each traffic violation corresponds to a specific number of points, which may be assigned to drivers in the following scenarios:

  • Speeding violations

  • Running red lights or stop signs

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs

  • Texting or using a handheld device while driving

  • Driving without a valid license or insurance

  • Improper lane changes or illegal U-turns

  • School zone violations

Depending on the severity of the offense, you may receive points ranging from 1 to 12 points. Accumulated points are active on a driver record for two years.

Accumulating eight points means you are getting close to license suspension. Accumulating 10 to 11 points will be punished by a driver’s license suspension for 90 days. If you accumulate 12 points or more, you will face license revocation for at least six months.

However, the DC DMV allows district residents to also obtain Good Points. Driver can receive one Good Point every year in which they didn’t make a moving violation. Good Points are automatically allocated to the oldest moving violation on a driver’s record, effectively reducing their total points. However, Good Points are not applied to major moving violations.

Need More Info on DC Driving Records? Contact Scrofano Law, PC


At Scrofano Law, PC, our approach to criminal cases combines top-notch legal representation with exceptional customer service. We understand that your driving record is not just a piece of paper – it wields the power to influence your driving privileges, employment opportunities, and insurance rates.

For comprehensive assistance with your driving record concerns, including those involving DUI matters, turn to Scrofano Law, PC. Our adept team of DC traffic lawyers, including experienced DUI lawyers, is equipped to address your questions about DC driver records, required documentation, motor vehicle regulations, and DUI-related issues.

With our experience, you’ll receive tailored guidance to navigate the intricacies of your driving record and make informed decisions. Contact us today to benefit from our extensive experience and commitment to helping you safeguard your driving future.


Frequently Asked Questions


What to Do if Your License Is Suspended?

If your license is suspended, take these steps for reinstatement: settle outstanding fees, potentially attend hearings or courses, and fulfill any prerequisites required for reinstatement.


Can You Expunge DUI/DWI From Your Record?

Although you can expunge some DC criminal records from your criminal record, a DUI conviction is not among them. Drunk driving convictions will remain on your criminal record permanently. However, a DUI arrest can be expunged if your case is dismissed before conviction or if you are acquitted. If you want to know more about this process, it is best to consult with a DC criminal lawyer.


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