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How to Check a Driving Record in Florida

by Mary Jane Freeman

Florida provides three types of driving records: three-year, seven-year and lifetime. You can request the record in person or by mail. The record will include personal information, such as your name, height, sex, date of birth, race, and residential and mailing addresses. It will also disclose the type of license you have and when it was issued, past licenses issued, driver's license exams you passed and failed, driving restrictions and endorsements, driving violations, accident history, and any driving schools you attended.

Mail and In Person Requests

Complete and submit a "Driver License Records Request" form to Bureau of Records, P.O. Box 5775, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-5775. Request forms are available online from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' website. You must provide your name, date of birth, driver's license number, Social Security number, mailing address and telephone number. You must also indicate the type of driver record you want, either a three-year history for $8, seven-year history for $10 or complete history for $10. The department will take two weeks to process your request. To decrease wait time, send your request by next-day delivery to Bureau of Records, 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 90, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0575. Another way to get your driving record sooner is by submitting your request in person at any driver's license office. You can also get it from any tax collector, court clerk or private vendor that supplies these records.

Requesting Another Person's Record

If you're requesting a driving record other than your own, you must be authorized under state law to do so. Third parties authorized to receive another person's driving record are listed on the second page of the "Driver License Records Request" form. A few examples include government agencies, insurance companies and employers of commercial drivers. You can also get a record for any reason by obtaining the driver's written permission.

About the Author

Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.

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