How to get a Motor Vehicle Report in your state

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How to get a Motor Vehicle Report in your state

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]

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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

For $4 you can request one in person or by mail.

Nebraska: $3 online

It costs the same to request a copy in person or by mail, but you'll need to fill out this form.

Nevada: $8 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

It costs the same to request a copy in person or by mail. For mail requests, fill out this form.

New Mexico: $10 online

If you want a free copy, fill out the Confidential Records Release Form MVD11260 and bring it to your local DMV office.

New York: $7 online

It costs $10 to request a copy by mail or in person, and $15 if you want to request a copy by phone. Here's more info on those three options.

North Carolina: $14 online

If your license was issued before January 2000, you have to request a copy in person or through the mail.

North Dakota: $3 online (limited report only)

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

You can also view an unofficial copy of your driving record online.

Oklahoma: $30.50 online

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)

You can also request a copy through the mail or in person using this form. The same fees apply.

Rhode Island: $19.50 online

You can only purchase an uncertified version online. For a certified version, you must contact the DMV headquarters in Cranston.

South Carolina: $6 online

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 order a copy of your records by mail with this form.

Utah: $6 online

You can also request a copy in person or by mail for the same fee.

Vermont: $13-16 by mail or in person

For in person requests, you must visit the DMV headquarters in Montpelier.

Virginia: $8 online ($13 for a certified version)

You can also request a copy in person or by mail for the same fee.

Washington: $13 online

You can also purchase a copy by mail with this form for the same fee.

West Virginia: $5-6 online (add $1 for certification)

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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