Idaho Driving Record

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Your driving record serves as a history of you as a driver, containing personal information, details of any accidents or violations, license points, and suspensions. You can obtain your Idaho driving record online or by mail. 
Among other things, the information in your record might have a big impact on your car insurance prices. It is in your best interest to keep as clean a record as possible and report any discrepancies to the state as soon as you become aware of them.
Here, the car insurance super app Jerry explains everything you need to know about your Idaho driving record, from what it is to how to get a copy.

What is a driving record?

From the time you received your driver’s license, the state keeps a public history of your driving behavior. Driving records, sometimes also called motor vehicle reports, contain personal information as well as any accidents, violations, tickets, points, and license suspensions. 

How do I access my driving record in Idaho?

You can access your record online or by mail.
Records purchased online will only contain the last three years of the driver's history. They can be found on the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) site. It costs $7 to access your record, and an online printable copy is $9.50.
If you need a record with your original issue date or need more than the last three years of history, you’ll have to complete a Driver’s License Record (DLR) Request and mail it to the ITD’s office:
Idaho Transportation Department 
PO Box 34 
Boise, ID 
83707
To obtain a certified copy of your Idaho driving record by mail, you’ll need:
Send everything to the address listed above.
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Requesting a driving record for someone else

If you want a copy of another person’s driving record, you’ll need to have the driver’s authorization in writing and mail in the request. You’ll need the DLR form and everything else outlined above. 

Where else can I find my driving record in Idaho?

Car insurance agents

Insurance agents should also be able to provide you with a copy of your driving record. Before providing you with a car insurance quote, most insurance companies will verify your driving record—so if you ask for a copy, they will most likely comply.
It's worth noting that an insurance company report will be free but “unofficial.”

Online third-party vendors

You can receive a copy of your driving record immediately by using an internet vendor, but it will cost you extra. The reports may also be less accurate than an official DMV record, so check with the vendor first to see if they can receive an official report.

What is on my record?

Your driving record consists of details about you and your driving history. This typically includes:
  • Personal information (i.e. name, address)
  • Driver’s license information
  • Infraction points
  • Accidents, citations, violations, and convictions
  • Fines paid or owed
  • License suspensions
  • Driving courses completed
A minor offense, such as a speeding ticket, might remain on your record for up to three years. 
More significant violations, on the other hand, can stay on your driving record for a long time—up to ten years in some cases, depending on the state. DUIs, reckless driving, and stunt driving are some examples.

DMV points in Idaho

Many states utilize a point system in which each offense adds points to your license. Your license will be suspended or canceled if you receive a particular amount of points. 
Idaho determines the number of points each moving violation is worth by how serious the infraction is, ranging from one point for minor incidents to four points for more extreme instances.
Below are some of the most common traffic tickets in Idaho and their corresponding points:
  • Driving on divided highways: 1 point.
  • Failing to obey traffic direction: 2 points.
  • Not stopping at a stop sign: 3 points.
  • Following too closely: 3 points.
  • Passing a school bus: 4 points.
  • Failing to follow stopping requirements at a railroad crossing: 4 points.
In Idaho, points will remain on your record for three years after the conviction date, after which the state will drop the points.
If you want to try to have old points expunged from your record, ask the DMV about taking an  Idaho Defensive Driving Class (DDC) or Traffic Safety Course (TSC).
Completing one will erase three points from your record—but you can only take the course once every three years.

Consequences of points accumulation

Accumulating too many points in a short period can result in a suspension of your Idaho driver’s license.
The Idaho DMV will send you a warning letter by mail if you accumulate:
  • 8-11 points in 12 months
  • 14-17 points in 24 months
  • 20-23 points in 36 months
If you exceed the number of points allowed, your driving license will be suspended for the following periods:
  • 30-day suspension for 12-17 points accumulated in 12 months.
  • 90-day suspension for 18-23 points accumulated in 24 months.
  • 6-month suspension for 24 points or more in 36 months.
If you’re a commercial driver, you may face additional penalties for getting points on your license.
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How can my driving record affect me?

Your driving record, whether good or bad, can have a huge impact on your life. Here are some of the things it can affect.

Your insurance premium

Your insurance rate is heavily influenced by your driving record.
Insurance companies will consider you a higher-risk driver if you have many violations on your record, and your premiums will rise accordingly. If you have a good driving record, on the other hand, you'll probably get some of the best deals available.

Your ability to drive

If you have a single reckless driving or DUI conviction on your record, your driver's license will almost certainly be suspended. However, if you accumulate too many points, your license may also be suspended.

Your credit rating

While your record itself has no effect on your credit score, failure to pay tickets will. If you don’t pay your fines by the due date, most cities and states charge you a late fee. 
If you don't pay it, they'll send it to a collection agency, and your credit score will suffer as a result.

Your job prospects

As a requirement of employment, several jobs demand a clean driving record. A questionable driving record won't get you a job as a firefighter, police officer, delivery driver, or any other career that requires driving.
Key Takeaway Your driving record is much more than a piece of paper. It has the potential to have a huge impact on other aspects of your life, so keep it as clean as possible.

What is the difference between driving records in each state?

Your driving record is only maintained by the state where you reside and hold your driver’s license. So if you live in Idaho, the state of Idaho will hold your driving record.
However, this does not absolve you of responsibility if you commit a crime outside of your home state.
The Driver’s License Compact (DLC) is an agreement between states to exchange information about traffic violations and license suspensions. So if you break the law while driving outside of your home state, it will be reported to the DMV where you live, and you will be fined.

Which states don’t share driving records?

There are only five states that are not part of the DLC. They are:
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
These states may still share information with other states through alternate agreements.
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