Driving Oregon’s roadways, with their pristine scenery, is always a pleasure. However, if you’ve been speeding across those roadways, the experience may not have been so pleasant if you were pulled over and issued a ticket. Tickets and fender benders happen to the best of us, but these mishaps can remain on our driving records where they can impact our insurance rates and even our jobs for some time. If you have an Oregon driver’s license, it’s important to check your driving record periodically for errors and to see what your insurance provider and possibly even your employer are seeing when they access your driving history.
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Why Check Your Oregon Driving Record?
Drivers should obtain a copy of their Oregon driving record to ensure that all information on the report is correct. Checking this record is also a good way to spot identity theft. If you’re concerned about your insurance rates, a glimpse at your driving record may help you understand the rates you’re being charged. Sometimes an employer will require an employee to present their driving record, especially if driving is part of the job. Some drivers need to access their reports for a court case.
What Does Your Oregon Driving Record Contain?
Your Oregon driving record contains personal information such as your name, date of birth, and address. It will also list traffic citations, DUIs, accidents, or any license suspensions you may have had. Oregon offers different types of driving records. Your insurance provider generally views your three-year driving record.
Types of Oregon Driving Records
Oregon offers various types of driving records. For this reason, ordering one may be confusing. For instance, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles offers a non-employment driving record and an open-ended non-employment driving record. Other types include an employment driving record, certified court print, and suspension package.
The non-employment driving record ($1.50 fee) includes your driving history for the past three years. It includes traffic accidents and any convictions that are not associated with your employment driving record. The open-ended non-employment record ($1.50 fee) is not limited to three years but contains similar information. In Oregon, this is the report that most insurers access. The employment driving record ($2.00) contains your driving history as an employee. It contains work-related citations and accidents for the last three years.
The certified court print ($3.00 fee) contains a more comprehensive report of your driving. It lists convictions, CDL incidents, and suspensions. Convictions for minor accidents may stay on this record for at least five years. Accidents and alcohol-related incidents remain on your record. The suspension package ($11.50 fee) is generally required for court proceedings in the state. It includes a certified court print and any other documents that me be applicable to a court proceeding.
How to Obtain Your Oregon Driving Record
You can obtain your Oregon driving record by mail or in person. To obtain your driving record by mail, you must fill out form 735-7266 and state the type of driving record you wish to order. You will need to list your name, date of birth, and driver’s license number. You will need to include a check or money order for the fees associated with your request. Mail your form and fees to:
Oregon DMV / Record Services
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, Oregon, 97314
The DMV will mail your driving record to you or you may pick it up at a DMV. If you choose the mail option, you must include your personal information (i.e. social security number) so the DMV can verify your identity. Be sure to list the address you want the record mailed to.
To order your driving record in person, you must bring proof of your identity and fill out form 735-7266. You will also need to pay your fees at the time you make your request.
Check Your Record for Errors
Although errors are not common on Oregon driving records, they do occur. Be sure that your record accurately reflects your driving history. If the report does contain mistakes, contact the DMV right away so it can begin the process of correction. Once your record is corrected, you may wish to contact your insurance provider in case your insurance rates will need to be adjusted.
If you have had a driver’s license in another state, you may not be used to the various types of driving records that Oregon offers. If you need more specific information about the state’s record types, you can visit the nearest DMV for further clarification. Also, if you need to access someone else’s Oregon driving record, you must provide notarized permission from the driver.