There are times when you need to get ahold of your Missouri driving record.
Say, your auto insurance company is asking for it. Maybe it’s the court. Or maybe you just want to view how many points you’ve accumulated.
Whatever the case, you will need to know how to obtain that record.
And this is why, here, we’re going to show you how to do that with this complete guide on how to get a Missouri driving record.
This guide covers everything you need to know — from what types are available, to how to get them and improve them.
So are you ready?
Let’s get started!
Types of Driving Records in Missouri
There are two kinds of driving records available in Missouri:
- One without personal information
- One with personal information
Let’s see when you might need each.
A Driving Record Without Personal Information
As its name implies, this type of driving record doesn’t contain any of your personal information. However, it still shows essential information, such as tickets and driving violations.
If you’re not going to use the record for anything other than checking its contents and accuracy, you can request this one. It’s also the only type that you can purchase online.
A Driving Record With Personal Information
This type of driving record provides more information. Besides your violations and tickets, it also includes the following:
- Name and birthdate
- Address and phone number
- Gender, height, weight, and eye color
- Driver license number
- Social Security number
- Any medical or disability information, including restrictions
Because of the amount of personal information it contains, only the following can purchase a copy:
- The record owner
- Someone exempted under the DPPA
- Someone who has the record owner’s consent
It’s also the driving record employers, insurance companies, and government agencies use.
Missouri allows entities and businesses frequently requesting driving records to set up an account through the MyDMV page. They’ll receive a security access code that they can use to purchase them online.
Remember, that’s only for businesses. Individuals can only get a copy of a driving record with personal information through the mail or in person.
How to Get My Driving Record in Missouri
As we saw, there are 3 ways to get a copy of your Missouri driving record. These are:
- Online (without personal information only)
- By Mail
Let’s go through each one.
How to Get Your Missouri Driving Record Online
Getting your record online is the most convenient way, but you can only purchase the one without personal information with this.
Now, here are the steps to getting a Missouri driving record online:
- Go to the MyDMV page. Click on Online Record Sales.
- Click the link allowing you to request a driving record without personal information.
- Fill out the necessary information. Have either of these on hand:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your driver’s license number
- Pay the $2.82 fee.
NOTE: You have to pay an additional convenience charge if you use a credit or debit card.
- Receive your driving record through your email.
How to Get Your Missouri Driving Record by Mail
An online purchase isn’t an option if you need a driving record that shows your personal information. If you’re too busy to go to a licensing office, you can request it through the mail instead.
Here’s what to do:
- Fill out Form 4681 (Request From Driver License Record Holder).
NOTE: If you are requesting someone else’s record, you’ll use the same form but must ensure that the record owner signs it. That signifies that they give you consent.
- Pay the $2.82 fee.
NOTE: You pay a convenience fee for a credit or debit card. You’ll also need to provide your card number, its expiration date, and the name appearing on it. That said, you can also pay with a check or a money order.
- Put everything in an envelope and send it to this address:
Driver License Bureau
DL Record Center
P.O. Box 2167
Jefferson City, MO 65105-2167
- Wait for your driving record to arrive by mail.
Remember, there’s a wait time for this method, so it may not be the best option if you need your record immediately.
How to Get Your Missouri Driving Record In Person
Going to a license office to get a copy of your driving record may take more time, but you’ll walk out with it.
So if you need the record right away, here’s what you need to do:
- Visit a local Missouri License Office.
- Submit a completed copy of Form 4681 (Request From Driver License Record Holder).
NOTE: Again, if you are requesting someone else’s record, you have to make sure the owner signs the form to give you consent.
- Pay the $2.82 fee.
NOTE: There is a $2 processing fee if you purchase your driving record from a licensing office.
- Receive your driving record.
How to Improve Your Missouri Driving Record
Securing a copy of your driving record is one thing — keeping it clean is another.
Remember, convictions stay on your record for three years. You don’t want to add even more to it.
So if you want to improve your driving record, keep these things in mind:
- Remain violation-free. The Department of Revenue reduces your points every year you don’t get new convictions and violations. Check the table below.
|One year with no violations:||The remaining points on your record get reduced by a third|
|Two years with no violations:||The remaining points on your record get reduced by half|
|Three years with no violations:||The remaining points on your record are reduced to zero|
- Be familiar with traffic signs and road rules. Besides knowing what different traffic signals mean, you also need to know how to share the road with other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Attend a Driver Improvement Program. If you commit a moving violation, ask your court if you can attend a DIP. Although it’s not a guarantee, it may prevent the court from adding points to your record.
- Keep your composure. If it’s been a long day, take some time before getting behind the wheel. You’re more likely to commit violations or experience road rage.
- Don’t engage in distracted driving. Keep items that can take your attention away from the drive out of sight, such as your mobile phone. It’s also best to avoid doing things simultaneously while driving, like putting on makeup or eating.
Understanding the Point System in Missouri
Each moving violation you commit adds points to your record. In Missouri, each incident could earn you anywhere from two to twelve points.
Click here to see a complete list of violations and their corresponding points.
The Department of Revenue keeps track of these. It’ll send you a point accumulation advisory letter if you receive 4 points within 12 months.
Getting 8 points (or more) within 18 months leads to a license suspension:
- 1st suspension – 30 days
- 2nd suspension – 60 days
- 3rd or more suspensions – 90 days
After a suspension, the points on your record go down to 4. Unfortunately, racking them up again may eventually lead the Department of Revenue to revoke your driving privileges.
The following results in a 1-year license revocation:
- 12 or more points in 12 months
- 18 or more points in 24 months
- 24 or more points in 36 months
The Wrap Up
So you need a copy of your Missouri driving record?
Do you need one with personal information or without it?
Well, you now know how to get each one. Not only that, but you know the different methods to get them, too.
And when you do obtain it and see that it is less than stellar, you have tips on how to improve it.