How to Get A Utah Driving Record + Understanding the Utah Point System

How to Get A Utah Driving Record + Understanding the Utah Point System

So you need to get ahold of your Utah driving record…

But wait! 

Which record do you need? 

And how can you secure a copy?

If you’re asking these questions, there’s no denying it — you’re in the right place!

Here, we’re going to show you how to get a Utah driving record

We’ll cover all the essentials — from the available record types to request channels to improvement strategies (if it record doesn’t live up to your expectations).

On top of all that, we’ll help you understand the Utah point system. 

So are you ready to start? 

Here we go!

Types of Driving Records in Utah

Yes, there’s more than one type of driving record in Utah. 

And you’ll want to make sure you get the right one. 

This is why it’s important to start here. 

Now, in Utah, there are two types of driving records, also called Motor Vehicle Records (MVR). These are: 

  • Standard MVR — this shows citations, suspensions, moving and non-moving violations, and revocations on your non-commercial driver’s license.
  • CDL MVR — As its name implies, this provides details connected to your commercial driver’s license. These include suspensions, revocations, disqualifications, and medical certificate information.

NOTE: Most information on your MVR is from the last 3 years. However, if you’ve had a DUI or any drug-related offense, these appear on your record for 10 years.

Another thing. 

You can get certified and non-certified copies of both MVRs (standard and CDL).

If you just want to see what’s on your record (meaning it’s for personal use), go with a non-certified record. 

A certified record shows the same information. However, Utah’s DMV guarantees its accuracy, which is why it’s what you use for official purposes.

So it’s the copy you provide if a prospective employer, an insurance agency, or the court asks for your MVR.

How to Get My Driving Record in Utah

Great news!

You can obtain your Utah driving record in 3 channels: 

  • Online
  • In Person
  • By Mail

However, not all record types are available through all methods. 

While you can secure a non-certified copy through all three channels, certified ones are only available by mail.

How to Obtain Your Utah Driving Record Online

Regularly checking your Utah driving record is a good habit — and the most convenient way to do it is online. 

This way, you can immediately get the necessary information at home (or anywhere with a computer and Internet).

Here’s how to get your Utah driving record online:

  1. Prepare the following information:
    1. Your complete name (how it appears on your driver’s license)
    2. Date of birth
    3. Driver’s License Number
    4. Date of Issuance
    5. Your Social Security Number’s last four digits
  1. Go to the Utah DMV’s page for Personal Driving Record and choose Request New Record.
  1. Select the type of MVR you want (standard or CDL). Remember, you can only get a non-certified record online.
  1. Provide the necessary information (those from Step 1).
  1. Follow the on-screen prompts.
  1. Pay the $8 fee using a credit or debit card.
  1. View your driving record. You can choose to print it if you want. 

How to Obtain Utah Driving Record In Person

Say you don’t have a credit or debit card for online transactions… 

Or maybe it isn’t updated to match your driver’s license…

Still, maybe you want to get someone else’s driving record. 

Then you’ll need to visit a local office. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a field station through Utah’s online appointment scheduler.
  1. Download a copy of the DLD60 form and fill it out.
  1. If requesting someone else’s record, check if you qualify to request one here and, if so, complete form DLD60a (if you qualify for 1, 4, 6, and 8) OR form DLD60b instead. The record owner’s signature must be notarized. 
  1. On your appointment, submit the completed Form DLD60 and proof of identity. For someone else’s record, bring Form DLD60a or DLD60b. 
  1. Pay the $8 fee.
  1. Get a copy of your or someone else’s Utah driving record.

How to Obtain Your Utah Driving Record By Mail

Get this. 

You can only request a certified Utah driving record by mail. 

What’s more, you can only request someone else’s driving record by mail, too. 

Remember that, f you purchase your MVR by mail, you must factor in the time it takes to receive it.

With that out of the way, here are the steps: 

  1. Download and fill up the appropriate form:
    1. If requesting your own non-certified driving record – Form DLD60m
    2. If requesting your own certified driving record – Form DLD60m AND Form DLD266m
    3. If requesting someone else’s record – Form DLD60b 
    4. If requesting someone else’s record and you fit descriptions 1, 4, 6, and 8 under the permissible use Form DLD60a
  1. Notarize your or the owner’s signature on the form. 
  1. Prepare a check for the appropriate amount, payable to the Utah Department of Public Safety:
    1. $8.00 for a non-certified copy
    2. $10.75 for a certified MVR

NOTE: You will need to pay more if you want to add pages to your certified copy. You can check all the driving record fees here

  1. Put everything in one envelope and send it to this address:

Department of Public Safety

Driver License Division

PO Box 144501

Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4501

  1. Wait for your Utah driving record to arrive by mail. Expect around 2 or more weeks for a certified copy to arrive. 

How to Improve Your Utah Driving Record

Getting a copy of your Utah driving record is one thing…

…seeing what it contains is another.

For all you know, you’ll finally discover why your auto insurance rates went up — and that usually means you don’t have a clean driving record.

So, the next logical question is, “How can I improve my Utah MVR?”

Fortunately, Utah has a point reduction program in place. So there are 3 strategies you can use to improve your driving history.

Strategy 1: Attend a Defensive Driving Course

A DPS-approved Defensive Driving Course (DDC) is one way to reduce the points on your driving record. 

The DDC is typically a 4-hour online program accepted by the Utah Safety Council or National Safety Council.

Completing it allows you to lower your points by up to 50 points. However, you can only use this strategy once every 3 years.

Strategy 2: Become a Safe Driver

This strategy requires consistency. 

It’ll remove points, but it requires a lengthier period.

If you avoid additional moving violation convictions for a year, the DPS removes half of your total points from your record. 

Maintaining a clean driving record for 2 years clears all your points.

Strategy 3: Wait for Points Expiration

Lastly, you can wait for your current points to expire (which happens after 3 years).

However, for this strategy to be effective, you must ensure you don’t add new violations to your record. Otherwise, it’ll turn into a cycle. 

Understanding the Utah Point System

IMPORTANT! You’ll lose your driving privileges if you have too many points on your Utah driving record. 

But how many is too many?

That depends on your age.

If you’re under 21, you face a license suspension that may run from a month to a year if you have at least 70 points on your driver’s license within 3 years. 

The actual number of points determines the length of the suspension:

  • 70 to 139 points: Either a 30-day license suspension or you’ll be under probation
  • 140 to 199 points: Up to 30-days license suspension
  • 200 to 249 points: 60-day license suspension
  • 250 to 349 points: 90-day license suspension
  • 350 to 449 points: 6-month license suspension
  • 450 or more points: 1-year license suspension

The threshold for adult drivers (those 21 and older) is higher — you get to keep your driving privileges until you hit 200 points in 3 years. 

However, if you do, the DPS suspends your license anywhere from 3 months to a year:

  • 200 to 299 points: 3-month license suspension or probation (you’ll lose your privileges if you have any violations during the probation period)
  • 300 to 399 points: 3-month suspension
  • 400 to 599 points. 6-month suspension
  • 600 or more points. 1-year suspension

Now, you might think 200 points (or even 70) is a lot.

There’s no way you’d accumulate that in 3 years!

Well, you’ll be surprised to see how many points one violation gets.  

The tables below detail this:

Speeding Violation:Points:
1 to 10 mph over the posted speed limit35
11 to 20 mph over the posted speed limit55
21+ mph over the posted speed limit75
80 Points60 Points50 Points40 Points
Reckless DrivingFailure to Yield Right-of-Way

Following Too Close

Wrong Way on a One-Way Street
Careless Driving

Impeding Traffic

Red Light

Stop Sign

Improper Lookout

Improper Passing

Improper Turn

Negligent Collision

Texting While Driving
All other moving violations

The Wrap Up

That was a LOT of information about your Utah driving record!

But at least now you know everything you need to know.

You know what type of Utah driving record you need. 

You know how to get a Utah driving record through all the channels. 

You know how to improve your Utah driving record. 

And you know how to determine the Utah point system. 

Use this information to your advantage. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *