Arizona Driving Record

You can request a copy of your Arizona driving record online, in person at your local MVD office, or by mail—but be sure to check which copy you need!
Written by Andrea Barrett
Edited by R.E. Fulton
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Your
Arizona
driving record contains your entire history as a driver—from speeding tickets to moving violations to personal information. You can access a copy of your record online, in person at your local Arizona MVD office, or by mail. 
  • You can get a copy of your Arizona driving record online, in person, or by mail through the ADOT MVD. 
  • You can only request a certified copy of your driving record in person or by mail. 
  • The fee for requesting your driving record is $3 or $5. 
  • Violations like a DUI or speeding on your driving record can increase your
    car insurance
    rates. 

How to get a copy of your Arizona driving record

You can access your Arizona
motor vehicle report (MVR)
through the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) in three ways: online, in person, and by mail. 

Online

You can only get a copy of your 39-month uncertified driving record online—if you need a certified record, you’ll need to request it in person or by mail.
Here’s how to request your driving record through ADOT MVD online services:
  1. Visit the
    Arizona Motor Vehicle Division
    website 
  2. Sign in or activate your account
  3. Click driver’s license record
  4. Complete the required details 
  5. Pay the $3 request fee
  6. Access your PDF driving record to print
Remember: There is a $3 fee to request your driving record, even if one cannot be found.

In-person

To request a copy of your driving records in person at your local Arizona MVD office, here’s what you’ll need to do:
  1. Complete the
    Motor Vehicle Record Request Form
    (you can also print this ahead of time)
  2. Pay the $5 fee for a certified record or $3 fee for an uncertified record

By mail

You can also request a copy of your Arizona driving record—including your 5-year record—by mail. Follow these steps:
  1. Send the correct fee ($3 for uncertified or $5 for certified)
  2. Have an MVD agent sign and notarize the back of the form 
  3. Send all required documents to your local MVD office or an authorized third-party office
  4. Your record will arrive in the mail 
Pro tip: You can also request a copy of your motor vehicle record from your insurance agent. You won’t get an official copy, but going through your insurer provides an accurate look at your driving history without the extra fees.

Your Arizona driving record is a history of your driving violations

Your Arizona motor vehicle report contains the complete history of you as a driver since you were granted an Arizona driver’s license. Regardless of the type of record you request, it will contain the following information:
  • Personal information (name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number, etc.)
  • Driver’s license status, endorsements, and license history
  • Accumulated driver’s license points
  • Traffic citations, violations, fines, and accidents
  • License suspensions
    , restrictions, and any actions taken against you
Arizona has three types of driving records:
  1. 39-month Uncertified Driving Record: Contains all traffic infractions or moving violations in the past 39 months. Available in person, online, or by mail. 
  2. 39-month Certified Driving Record: The certified version of the record mentioned above. Only available in person. 
  3. 5-year Driving Record (Certified and Uncertified): Contains details of your complete driving history from the past five years. Available in person or by mail. 
The state of Arizona also has fairly tight laws for traffic violations. Under Arizona’s point system, moving violations are permanent—meaning you can’t rely on defensive driving courses or traffic survival schools to remove points from your record.

A bad driving record can increase your car insurance rates

Your Arizona driving record affects more than just your ability to drive. Auto insurance providers use the number of points and types of traffic tickets on your driving record, along with several other factors, to
calculate your car insurance rates
and coverage eligibility. 
If you have a history of
speeding tickets
and at-fault accidents, or even a
DUI
conviction, insurance companies will charge higher insurance premiums due to a higher risk of
filing a car insurance claim
Here’s an example. Take a look at the speeding violations below to see the average rate increase for car insurance:
  • Speeding in general: $379 (24.5%)
  • 16–20 mph over the speed limit: $386 (24.9%)
  • 21–25 mph over the speed limit: $461 (29.7%)
  • Speeding in a 65-mph zone: $428 (27.6%)
Minor violations typically have less of an effect on your car insurance rates compared to more  serious violations.

How to improve your driving record

If your Arizona driver record isn’t perfect, it’s not the end of the line for you. Here are some tips to improve your driving record and lower your car insurance rates:
  1. Practice safe driving
  2. Keep track of driving points on your record
  3. Try to dismiss the ticket
  4. Make a bid for deferment or expungement
  5. Find a lawyer to take your case for serious driving violations
  6. Pay any fees ASAP
  7. Wait until the violations fall off your driving record
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