How to Find Your Connecticut Driving Record

If you need a copy of your Connecticut driving record, you can request a copy online, by mail, or in person from the CT DMV.
Written by Jessica Barrett
Edited by R.E. Fulton
Your Connecticut driving record, also known as a
motor vehicle report or MVR
, includes accident reports, tickets, suspensions, and sometimes driving courses you’ve completed. To get the best possible
Connecticut car insurance
rates, it’s important to check your record for inconsistencies and
keep your record as clean as possible
  • Employers, government agencies, and
    car insurance
    companies use your Connecticut driving record. 
  • You can request a copy of your driving record online or in person for a $20 fee. 
  • To improve your driving record, practice safe driving habits and dispute any errors or fix-it tickets. 

Access your driving record online, by mail, or in person

obtain your record
, you’ll need your
Connecticut driver’s license
number, social security number, date of birth, and address. You’ll also have to pay a $20 fee.
The fastest way to get a certified copy of your Connecticut driving history is to submit an
online application through the DMV
. You’ll immediately be able to download your history, and you can access your file for up to 30 days. 
If you prefer a more old-school process, fill out a
copy records request form
(Form J-23) and take it to your local Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or mail it (along with a photo ID) to: Department of Motor Vehicles, 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161. 
You can also get an unofficial copy of your Connecticut driving record from your auto insurance agent, or you can pay a third-party agency to provide a non-certified driving record for personal use quickly. Keep in mind that the latter might not be accurate, and it will cost more than going through the Connecticut DMV office to get a copy of your driving record.

Your driving record is a compilation of any public records 

Your driving record is a compilation of any public records of your driving history, starting from the time you got your driver’s license. It’s sometimes referred to as a “motor vehicle report” or “moving violations report.” Employers use MVRs for background checks, government agencies use them for criminal and civil proceedings, and insurance companies use them to
calculate your premium
These records will include any reports of accidents, tickets,
, points against your license, and license suspensions. It also includes:
  • Personal information (e.g., name, address, birth date, etc.)
  • Driver’s license information
  • Infraction points
  • Accidents, citations, violations, and convictions
  • Fines paid or owed
  • License suspensions or revocations
  • Completed driving courses
In Connecticut, all violations remain on your record for 24 months from the date they occurred. The state does not offer any alternatives to getting infractions removed from your record.

DMV points in Connecticut

Connecticut uses a point system for driving records, which assigns a point value to your infractions and keeps track of them on your driving history. You’ll get a warning letter from the DMV if you incur 6 points. With ten or more points, your license will be suspended for 30 days.
Here are some of the violations that cost you 1 point in the state of Connecticut:
  • Failure to drive in the correct lane
  • Improper operation on highways
  • Improper or illegal turning, stopping, or passing
  • Improper backing or starting
These infractions cost you 2 points:
  • Slow speed or impeding traffic
  • Disobeying orders from an officer
  • Entering or leaving the highway from anywhere but a designated entrance or exit
  • Turning from the wrong lane
  • Disobeying traffic signals or signs (e.g., stop and yield signs)
These infractions cost you 3 points:
  • Driving while impaired
  • Passing incorrectly
  • Failure to drive a reasonable distance apart
  • Failure to grant the right of way at an intersection
  • Failure to grant the right of way to an emergency vehicle or pedestrian
These infractions cost you 4 points:
  • Racing
  • Intent to harass
  • Passing a stopped school bus
Finally, these infractions cost you 5 points:
  • Operating a school bus at an excessive speed
  • Negligent homicide with a vehicle
Keep in mind: Connecticut does not allow drivers to enroll in traffic school as a way to reduce the number of points on your driver record—only time will do that. 

Your driving record is a leading factor in determining your car insurance rates

Car insurance companies place huge importance on your driving record as part of their rate calculations. If you have a history of severe or repeated violations, you’ll earn the label of a
high-risk driver
, and your insurance premiums will skyrocket—sometimes up to 300%. Even minor infractions, like one moving violation, can raise your rate by around 20% or more.
Take a look at how various traffic violations and factors could affect your car insurance costs:
Driving record infraction
Insurance premium increase
One speeding ticket
17% to 27%
One at-fault accident
One count of
reckless driving
High-risk driver requiring SR-22
Note that these are just averages. Multiple or more serious infractions can cause your insurance premium to go up even more. Keep your record clean to be offered the lowest possible prices.
Your driving record also affects your ability to drive, since
your license could be suspended
if you accumulate 10 points. At 20 points, you’ll lose your license for at least two years.
Your credit rating can also take a hit if you fail to pay your driving tickets on time. Connecticut reserves the right to increase the fine as a penalty for a late payment. If you’re severely delinquent, the state will send the debt to a collection agency. Having debts in collection can negatively affect your credit score.
You might even lose out on job offers, if employers a clean driving record as a condition of 
employment. For firefighters, police officers, delivery drivers, or any occupation where a
commercial driver’s license (CDL)
is required, a spotty driving history won’t cut it.
Key Takeaway Your driving record can affect several aspects of your life—not just your car insurance. Do your best to keep your record as clean as possible.

Check your report and report inconsistencies to improve your driving record

Connecticut doesn’t allow drivers to remove points from their driving record with traffic school, but there are still a few things you can do to improve your driving record—and potentially lower your car insurance rates:
  1. Dispute errors: If there’s an infraction on your record that you didn’t commit, file a discrepancy with the DMV to get it removed from the DMV driving record.
  2. Contest your driving ticket: If you got a traffic ticket that you believe was in error or there were extenuating circumstances, contest it in court. You might get the ticket reduced or removed from your driver history.
  3. Fix minor issues: If you got a fix-it ticket for something like a broken taillight, get the issue repaired and tell the DMV you took care of it. They’ll typically remove this infraction from your motor vehicle record.
  4. Expunge your record: Ask the DMV if you can expunge an infraction from your record. Otherwise, check that misdemeanors, like a DUI, falls off your record after three years.
  5. Ask for a deferment: If you’re a first-time offender, you might be able to pay a fee and, if you go a year without another violation, the infraction won’t make it onto your driving record in the first place.
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