How to Get a Copy of a Driving Record in North Carolina

By Lindsey Thompson
Drivers can also request vehicle records and crash reports through the North Carolina DMV.

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A North Carolina resident might need to access his driving record for any of several reasons, including starting a new job, appearing in court for traffic charges or obtaining auto insurance. This can be done online or through the mail through the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. The driving record includes that driver’s current license status, license expiration date, convictions, driver control actions and traffic accidents.

By Mail or in Person

A driver can request his driving record through the mail or in person at his local DMV. To obtain his own driving record, he must fill out the Request Official Driver Record form; if he is getting someone else’s driving record, he must have a completed Release of Driver Record form for the person whose record he is getting. Both forms are found on the North Carolina DMV website, and the driver can submit them through the mail or by visiting the nearest DMV office. Along with the forms, he must pay $11 for a certified, complete driver history or $8 for a noncertified complete extract copy or limited extract copy.

Online

The easiest way to request a copy of a driving record is online through the North Carolina DMV website. When submitting an online request, the driver needs his North Carolina license number, Social Security number and date of birth, as well as a credit card or debit card number for payment. Rather than submitting a Request Official Driver Form, he accepts an online agreement that states he has a legitimate reason for obtaining the record. Once the request is complete and he has paid for his order, he can print it out at home or store on his computer if he has ordered a noncertified copy. The DMV must mail certified copies.

About the Author

Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." You'll also find her work on websites like Airbnb, Chron.com, and USAToday.com. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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