Texas, just like every other state, maintains records on its drivers. The state holds a history of each driver with a Texas license that contains information about traffic violations and wrecks the person has been involved in. Knowing what’s on your Texas driving record and making sure that it’s correct can help you save money and may even help you find a better job. Let’s get a closer look at Texas driving records and how to get yours.
Whether you are applying for a job or just want to get the best rate on auto insurance, obtaining your Texas driving record can help you. Your driving record holds information on violations and wrecks you’ve been involved in, and can be a huge factor in several parts of your adult life. Many employers require that an employee maintain a clean driving record to operate company vehicles or machinery, and auto insurance companies rely on driving records to issue rates and make decisions on whether or not to offer coverage. Sometimes, there are errors that need to be corrected, so it’s important to keep up with what’s on your record.
Texas offers several types of driving records that can be ordered online or through the mail. The state requires that you provide your most recent driver’s license, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and more. A fee will be assessed, depending on the type of record.
Status Record (Type 1): This record contains the driver’s name, date of birth, license status, home address, and original Texas driver license application date.
3-Year History Record (Type 2): All Type 1 information plus list of accidents (if a ticket was received) and moving violations three years from date of offense.
List of All Accidents and Violations on Record (Type 3): All Type 1 information plus any accidents (even if not ticket received) or violations.
Certified 3-Year History Record (Type 2A): This record is a certified version of the 3-Year History Record.
Certified List of All Accidents and Violations on Record (Type 3A): This record is a certified version of the Accidents and Violations on Record.
Certified Abstracts of Driving Record (Type AR): This record is a certified abstract of a license holder’s complete driving record including all suspensions.
If you discover an issue on your Texas driving record, the state advises that you contact the Texas Department of Transportation at (800) 558-9368.
Driving records can be requested from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The state allows individuals to request their own records.
Texas assigns points to a driver’s record that correspond to various traffic violations. For example, two points are assigned for moving violation convictions and three points are assigned for a conviction that resulted in a crash. Violations that involve alcohol and more serious offenses can result in higher point assignments. If no additional violations are recorded within a 12-month period, points will begin dropping off of driving records at a rate of one per year.
Drivers caught without a license in Texas can be subject to a fine. The first offense results in a fine of up to $200, while subsequent violations are elevated to a misdemeanor and can carry a higher fine.
Convictions can stay on your record forever, but points fall off at a rate of one per year. Your insurance company will determine how far back it chooses to view your record.
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