How to Know If a DUI Is on Your Record

By Brittany Prock
Drinking and driving can be hazardous to your health and your record.

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A DUI, also known as driving under the influence, is an offense that occurs when someone has been accused of operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicating substance. The DUI will then appear on the offender's record. Some states allow for the removal of a DUI after a particular number of years. If you are unsure if a DUI is on your criminal history, you should check your record to find out.

Contact your state bureau of investigation or state police, as most of these agencies will operate a criminal history service available to the public for a fee. Locate the agency's number in either a phone book or website. If you have trouble locating this information, contact your local police department. The local police will usually have this contact information readily available.

Determine what the process the state requires to conduct a criminal history check. Some agencies will allow you to complete the request online, while others may require you to complete the request in person. Make sure you know all your personal information when completing the request. Missing or incorrect information may result in a delay or rejection.

Submit payment for the criminal history check. The cost of a criminal history check will vary from state to state, but will usually be reasonable. If you are submitting your request online, you will be prompted to enter credit card information. If you are required to submit the request in person, remember to bring correct change because many government offices only accept cash.

Allow enough time for the agency to conduct the check. The length of your wait will depend on the work load of the agency and the depth of your criminal history. You will normally receive the results of your check by mail. Review the report, looking for the DUI. If you see the letters DUI or driving under the influence in the report, it is on your record. If it is not listed, you do not have a DUI on your record.

About the Author

Brittany Prock has worked as a freelance writer since 2009. She specializes in writing about diets and travel, and has been published online. Prock holds a Bachelor of Science in human services and a Master of Arts in elementary education from the University of Phoenix.

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