How to Find Someone By Driver License

By Jack Busch ; Updated April 15, 2017

If you are an employer looking for a bit of insight on a candidate's past, or an insurance provider trying to determine a premium, you may want to know how to find someone by her driver license number. If you are a third party accessing a driver's record, you need to have an applicable reason (other than curiosity). What constitutes fair use varies by state. In some jurisdictions, you must be a government agent or be researching fraud, while in others, you can qualify by being an employer or insurer.

Gather Information

Each state varies in its laws about driving records. All states allow you to pull your own driving record for any reason. Many states allow third-parties to view driving records, but others bar access to driving records to anyone but the license holder. For example, Washington allows attorneys, law enforcement and government agencies to view your complete driving record, but insurance companies and agents can only view a three-year abstract.

The more information you know, the better chances of finding a record. Knowing which state your subject resides in and his driver's license number will serve you best. Date of birth, address and plate number will help as well.

Submit Forms to the DMV

To save time, find out which forms you'll need ahead of time. You can often find these on the state's motor vehicle department's website. In states like California, you can complete an information request online using the Driver Record Request application. In other cases, you can submit your request by mailing in your forms or you can request a driver's record in person at the DMV. Depending on your state, you may have to wait two or more weeks to receive your results.

About the Author

Jack Busch graduated from University of Iowa in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors and has been publishing web content ever since. He has contributed to,, and various other tech websites. He also co-authored "Network Your Computer & Devices Step by Step" (Microsoft Press).