How to Get A Texas Driving Record (A Complete Guide)

How to Get A Texas Driving Record

So you need to get hold of your Texas driving record.

Maybe your insurance company is asking for it…

Maybe you’re required to present it to a court hearing…

Or maybe you’re applying for a driving job and your potential employer needs to see it…

Whatever the case, we’ve got you. 

Today, we’re going to go through a complete guide on how to get a Texas driving record. 

Moreover, we’ll also tell you about the different types of records (and trust us, there’s a lot), as well as how to improve your record and determine the Texas Point System. 

Are you ready to dive in?

Let’s go!

Types of Driving Records in Texas

Before we get into the how, let’s go over the what — as in, what kind of driving records are available in Texas?

There are 6 types — three are certified, while the others aren’t. 

And remember, the amount you pay varies depending on what record you request.

Let’s examine them further:

Type 1 (Status Record)

This driving record provides your name, birth date, license status, and home address. It also shows when you originally applied for your driver’s license.

A copy costs $4 ($4.50 if requested online).

Type 2 (3-Year Record)

This shows personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and license status. 

You can also view the accidents you’ve been in and traffic violations you committed within the last three years. 

Since it isn’t a certified copy, Type 2 driving records are typically for personal use.

A Type 2 driving record costs $6 ($6.50 if requested online).

Type 2A (Certified 3-Year Driving Record)

This type contains the identical information as a Type 2 driving record but is certified. That means you can use it for most official purposes EXCEPT for a Defensive Driving Course.

This certified driving record costs $10. However, you’ll pay $12 if you request it online.

Type 3 (List of All Accidents and Violations on Record)

The information on this driving record is similar to that on a Type 2 record. However, it does not restrict your accidents and violations to the past three years — you’ll be able to see everything since you received your driver’s license.

Requesting it online costs $7.50. If by mail, it’s only $7, and the DPS only releases it to the record owner.

Type 3A (Certified List of All Accidents and Violations on Record)

As its name implies, it’s a certified copy of the Type 3 driving record. It shows your personal information and all accidents and violations you’ve incurred since getting your license.

It’s also the driving record to use for a Defensive Driving Course. You can request one online for $12 ($10 if by mail).

Unlike Type 2 records, only the record owner can request this driving record type.

Type AR (Certified Abstracts of Driving Record)

It’s a complete driving abstract of public records of any driver holding a Texas-issued driver’s license. It’s also a certified copy.

A copy costs $20 ($22 if online).

How to Get My Driving Record in Texas

There are only two ways to get a driving record in Texas — online or by mail. 

Unlike other states, driver’s license stations cannot release these documents.

That said, both channels are SUPER easy to use. 

Ultimately, the best way for you will depend on your preference and timeline.

How to Obtain Your Texas Driving Record Online

Convenience is the primary advantage of using the DPS online portal to request your Texas driving record. 

If you’re in a rush to get a copy, it’s the best way to go.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Access the Texas DPS’s page for online requests.
NOTE: Don’t forget to read through the system requirements and ensure your computer meets them!
  1. Enter the following information:
    1. Your driver’s license number
    2. Your birth date
    3. The last four digits of your Social Security Number (it must be on file with the DPS)
    4. Your audit number (you can find this on your driver’s license)
  1. Select the driving record type you want and pay the appropriate fee:
    1. Type 1: $4.50
    2. Type 2: $6.50
    3. Type 2A: $12
    4. Type 3: $7.50
    5. Type 3A: $12
    6. Type AR: $22
  1. Print your driving record or send it to your email.

And just like that, you have your Texas driving record — all from the comfort of your home!

How to Obtain Your Texas Driving Record By Mail

Requesting your driving record by mail can be a better option if:

  • You don’t want to use (or if you don’t have) a credit card
  • Your computer at home doesn’t meet the DPS’s system requirements
  • You need a hard copy but don’t have a printer
  • You’re not in a rush to get a copy
  • You don’t want to spend the extra online fee

Mail-in requests will take up a little of your time — but there’s some waiting involved. This is why if you need your driving record immediately, you should secure it online.

However, if a by-mail request fits your needs, here are the steps:

  1. Download the Driver Record Request form and complete it (you can find the form here). 
NOTE: If you’re requesting someone else’s copy, don’t forget to have the record owner sign their consent. You must also check one of the reasons on the second page.
  1. Prepare a check or a money order payable to the Texas Department of Public Safety with the appropriate amount:
    1. Type 1: $4.00
    2. Type 2: $6.00
    3. Type 2A: $10.00
    4. Type 3: $7.00
    5. Type 3A: $10.00
    6. Type AR: $20.00
  1. Put everything in an envelope and send it to the address below:

Texas Department of Public Safety

PO Box 149008

Austin, Texas 78714-9008

  1. Expect your driving record to arrive by mail within three weeks of your request.

How to Improve Your Texas Driving Record

What if your Texas driving record isn’t clean? 

Is there a way to remove points and improve it?

The violations on your record are there to stay (at least for 3 years after the conviction date), so the next best thing is to avoid adding more.

Here are some strategies to help you out:

  • Check your driving record regularly. Knowing what’s on your record allows you to spot inaccuracies. If you find any errors, contact the DPS immediately.
  • Attend a defensive driving course. Although this won’t erase any violations from your record, it can keep you updated with the dos and don’ts while driving. It may also make you eligible for an insurance discount.
  • Observe traffic signs and signals. These are there for a reason — disobeying them may lead to a traffic violation.
  • Familiarize yourself with Texas road conditions. Winter weather or floods make driving more hazardous. Ensure you’re equipped during these situations to avoid getting into an accident.
  • Share the road properly. You’ll probably share roadways with motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, and pedestrians. Knowing what to do can help keep you safe and prevent potential traffic accidents.

Understanding the Texas Point System

The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) in Texas began in 2003. 

Under the DRP, drivers get 2 points for committing traffic violations, while those that result in a crash earn you 3 points.

However, in 2019, the DPR was repealed, which means the point system no longer exists in Texas. 

Now, that does not mean that drivers aren’t held accountable for their actions. 

Getting 4 or more moving traffic violations within 12 months may cause you to lose your driving privileges. The same applies if you have 7 or more moving traffic violations within 24 months.

The Wrap Up

And there you have it — anything and everything you need to know about the Texas driving records.

Now you know the kinds of driving records available, how much they cost, and how to get them.

Remember, knowing what’s on your driving record can go a long way to help you avoid a license suspension.

Drive safely!

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