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Types of Virginia Driving Records and How to Get Your Own Copy

The state of Virginia keeps a detailed record of everyone who holds a driver’s license. Your driving record holds valuable information that you may not even be aware of. It’s generally a good idea to obtain a copy of your record after you receive a citation for a traffic violation or a criminal traffic charge. 

Your Virginia traffic lawyer can help you request a copy of your record and represent you in court. Legal representation can lower your chance of adding points to your license. If you’re ready to fight a traffic ticket, contact the traffic attorneys at Pendleton Law Team to protect your interests.

Why Is a Record of Good Driving Important?

A good driving record could help you mitigate the penalties you might face if you’re convicted, which is why it’s important to know your driving history. With a clean driving record, it may be possible to reduce or eliminate the charges against you, keeping you from facing any penalties for the alleged traffic violation. 

What’s in a Virginia Driving Record?

Your driving record contains data about your driving habits that could sway the court. A clean driving record is much more likely to get you out of a traffic issue than a record that shows poor driving behavior and points. You can expect to find the following information in your record:

  • Details about your driving history
  • Personal information
  • Traffic convictions
  • Accidents (these will appear for up to 60 months)
  • License suspensions, revocations, and cancellations
  • The number of points on your license (if you’ve paid any ticket fines, you likely accumulated points)

The number of points is crucial because that’s the main way the DMV tracks poor driving over time. If you get too many points too soon, they could suspend or revoke your license. Also, the more points you have, the harder it is to defend yourself in subsequent cases.

Keeping Your Driving Record Clear

The key to keeping your driving record clear is to work with an attorney for each and every violation. Sure, you can pay a fine and move past the incident, but paying a fine is an admission of guilt, meaning you admit to the court that you committed the alleged infraction. 

Thus, the DMV can issue points against your license. Criminal traffic violations, like DUI, cost more points than less severe traffic infractions. Ultimately, the DMV may suspend your license due to an accumulation of too many points. 

When you work with a lawyer to represent you, on the other hand, your lawyer will do everything possible to contest the ticket and help you avoid points altogether.

What Kinds of Virginia Driving Record Can I Find?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles makes available different types of records or transcripts. These are:

  • Driver/Personal Use: This record is for your personal use only and displays up to 11 years of your driving history.
  • Driver/Employment/School/Military: This record holds up to 7 years of driving history, and could be issued to you personally or to employers, schools, or branches of the armed forces upon written request.
  • Driver/TNC: This record shows up to 7 years of driving history and may only be issued to Transportation Network Companies (TNC) for employment purposes.
  • Driver/Insurance: This is a summary of your driving record for up to 5 years for insurance reasons.
  • Driver/Habitual Offender Restoration: You may use this record to petition the court for the restoration of your driver’s license. These records show up to an 11-year driving history.
  • Vehicle/Personal Use.

Note that the DMV may also provide driving records to employers participating in the Mandatory Driving Record Monitoring Program and the Voluntary Driving Record Monitoring Program. If your employer, school, or military branch requests a copy of your record, they may also receive one with your written authorization.

Obtaining Your Virginia Driving Record

Getting your Virginia driving record is straightforward, but there is a fee. Go to the Virginia DMV website and go to the Obtaining DMV Records page. If you purchase the record online, the cost is $8 as of this writing. Physical copies can be mailed to you for $9.

By going through the DMV, you’ll get certified copies that serve as official records of your driving history. Your lawyer can also obtain these records should you need one to help you against traffic violation charges.

Trust Virginia Traffic Attorneys with Your Driving Record

The criminal traffic lawyers with Pendleton Law Team will work with you to obtain a copy of your driving record that will help your case in court. At our firm, our primary goal is to help you keep a clean record so you can protect your driver’s license. 

Founder Christina Pendleton has been designated a Super Lawyer Rising Star and has been trusted to resolve a wide array of legal issues by her clients. Find out how we can provide you with top-tier representation by calling us or completing our contact form.