If you’re about to apply for auto insurance, you probably want to order a copy of your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR). Why? Well, if there’s anything on your record that’s incorrect, you can correct it before your insurance company sees it. Plus, it’ll help you guesstimate how much your auto insurance rate will be.
(If you’re still a little confused on what, exactly, and MVR is, check out this article.)
You can order an uncertified copy for your own private purposes from all fifty states (and the District of Columbia).
You may also need a certified copy for a job interview or court date. This list of state resources for purchasing a Motor Vehicle Report can help you with that, too. You’ll probably need a certified version. If you plan on sharing the file with another party, check first to see whether they will only accept a certified version.
Alabama: [$5.75 through the mail]
Here’s a direct link to the form, which you can print out, fill out, and mail in along with a check for $5.75. You can also visit any local DMV office and purchase the form in person.
Alaska: $10 through the mail
Here's a direct link to the form, which you can print out, fill out, and send through the mail along with a $10 check. You can also visit any local DMV office and purchase the form in person.
Arizona: $3 online
You can also fill out Motor Vehicle Record Request and send it through the mail with either a $3 check for an uncertified copy or a $5 check for a certified copy. You can also get one in person at your local MVD office.
Arkansas: $10 online
You can also request one by mail or in person at the Arkansas Revenue Office or Little Rock Driving Records Office.
California: $2 online
If you need an official copy, you can fill out this form and send it to DMV headquarters, along with a check for $5.
Colorado: $2.60 through the mail
You can also purchase one in person at the Division of Motor Vehicles in Lakewood.
Connecticut: $20 through the mail
You can also get one in person at any full-service or limited-service DMV office.
Delaware: $25 through the mail
You must fill out the form (direct link) and mail to the DMV.
District of Columbia: $7 online
You can also request your MVR through the mail or in person at any DC DMV service center.
Florida: $8 through the mail
You can also purchase your MVR from any license office, tax collector that offers driver licensing services, court collector that provides the service, or some private vendors that provide MVRs.
Georgia: $6 online
You can view and print your non-certified MVR online, or order a certified MVR to be delivered through the mail. You can also purchase them in person at any DDS customer service center.
Hawaii: $9 through the mail
You can fill out this form and send it to any of the Hawaii District Courts. You can visit one of the District Courts in person.
Idaho: $7 through the mail
You can also purchase your record in person at the DMV.
Illinois: $12 through the mail
You can also purchase your record at any Driver Services facility.
Indiana: Free online
You can purchase an official record online or through the mail for $4.
Iowa: Free online
You can also order a certified copy online for $7 or through the mail for $5.50.
Kansas: $8.70 online
You can also visit a Kansas Driver's License Exam station, the Docking State Office Building in Topeka, or send a written request. In person and mailed requests carry a fee of $10.
Kentucky: $5.50 online
Three-year records are available online, but if you need a five-year certified record, you'll need to contact your closest Driver Licensing Field Office.
Louisiana: $18 online
You can print your own official driving record using Louisiana's online service.
Maine: $7 online
If you need a certified copy, you must call the BMV at 207-624-9000, extension 52116.
Maryland: $9 online
You can also get certified copies online for $12.
Massachusetts: $6 online
You can use the same form to purchase a certified copy, here referred to as a "trust and attested" driving record, for $20.
Michigan: $8 by mail, telephone, or fax
You can also walk in to a branch office and get it the same day.
Minnesota: $9 by mail
You can also visit your local DVS office to order your driving record.
Mississippi: $11 online
You must contact the Department of Public Safety for a certified copy.
Missouri: $5.88 by mail or fax
You can also request your records in person at any Missouri license office.
Montana: $7.25 online
You can also request a copy in person at any DMV office, or at any of the state's self-service kiosks. Note that using a kiosk incurs a $1 transaction fee in addition to the $8 fee.
New Hampshire: $15 by mail or in person only
If you want to request the report in person, be aware that not all state DMV offices will accept in-person requests (the ones that will are listed at the link above).
New Jersey: $15 + a credit card transaction fee online
The online version does not include your full driving record. For that, you must request it through the mail or via fax, which also costs $3. See the link above for more information.
Ohio: $5 by fax, email, or mail
The fee is waived for drivers 65 and older. Here's more information if you want to order a copy in person, although the same fees apply.
Oregon: $1.50 and up, mail only
The state charges various small fees depending on what you're requesting; here's a full fee schedule. Only the main DMV headquarters in Salem can prepare most MVR requests, but your local DMV can place the order for you if you want to request it in person.
Pennsylvania: $9 online ($32 for certified version)
An unofficial copy will be provided online as a PDF file, and an official copy will be mailed to your address on record.
South Dakota: $5 through the mail
You can also request a copy in person at certain DMV offices. See the link above for a full list.
Tennessee: $7 online
You can also request a copy in person for $5 at a Driver Service Center or by mail. See the above link for details.
Texas: $7.50 online ($12 for a certified version)
You can also purchase a copy in person or by mail for the same fee.
Wisconsin $5 online (plus a processing fee if you pay with credit or debit card)
Wyoming $5 by mail or in person
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