Oklahoma Driving Record

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Your driving record collects details like accrued points and license status and uses them to monitor traffic offenses and behavior over time. 
It can be used by employers to screen candidates or by car insurance companies to determine premiums—and if you have a bad record, you may have a hard time finding cheap rates. 
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With insurance squared away, here’s how to request driving records in Oklahoma and what they’ll be able to tell you. 

What is a driving record? 

A driving record, or motor vehicle record (MVR), contains a complete public history of a driver from the moment they received their license. This history consists of personal details, along with information pertaining to accidents, traffic violations, and license suspensions. 

How do I access my driving record in Oklahoma? 

In Oklahoma, you can request your record online, in person, or through the mail for a fee of $25. A certified copy will cost $3 more. If you are 65 or older and requesting the record, the $25 fee is waived but the $3 certification fee still applies. 
To purchase a record online, you may use the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) online service for an additional transaction fee of $2.50
Once you have completed the online process, you will be able to print a PDF of your record from a link sent to your email. Though this link will expire within 30 days of the transaction, you may access it as many times as you want during that time.  
If you want to request a record by mail, fill out a Records Request Form and send it along with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address listed. You also may submit your payment and request form in person at any motor license agency in the state.    
You’ll need the following information on hand for the request: 
  • Name and date of birth
  • Driver’s license and Camera ID (located only on your license)
  • Business name (if applicable) 
  • Mailing address
Key Takeaway: You can purchase an uncertified record for $25 by mail, in person, or online with a $2.50 transaction fee. A certified copy is $28. 

Requesting a driving record for someone else 

To request a record for another person, you must have the named person sign the Consent to Release section on the Records Release Form. Otherwise, you must provide the legal reasons(s) you are entitled to a copy without consent—i.e.; you’re a government agency, employer, or an insurance company.

Where else can I find my driving record in Oklahoma? 

Car insurance agents 

Insurance companies typically run a check on your driving history before extending a quote. Therefore, they likely have your unofficial driving record—if you ask your agent for a copy they may give it to you for free. 
Just be aware that this isn’t the certified record—you’ll still need to get that through the DPS.  

Online third-party vendors 

While you may get your driving record more quickly from an online vendor, you’ll pay a higher fee to do so. It’s important to note that these records are usually less reliable than those from the DPS, too. You’ll want to check to ensure your vendor can obtain an official report before moving forward. 

What is on my record? 

Your driving record will show information about you and your driving history. In Oklahoma, this includes: 
  • Personal information (ie; name, address)
  • Traffic offenses and violations
  • License suspensions or restrictions
  • Accumulated points 
Oklahoma does not provide a 10-year driving record—it only goes back as far as 3 years. This means that citations appearing on your record are limited to those that occurred within the last 3 years
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Points in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma is one of many states that use a point system to hold drivers accountable for certain traffic offenses. The greater the severity of the offense, the more points are put on the license. Once a maximum threshold of points has been reached, the driver will typically have their license suspended
Every state’s point system varies, so it’s good to get to know the specific values for the state you’re in. 
Here are some examples of Oklahoma’s point values
  • Driving a defective vehicle: 1 point
  • Violating a license restriction: 2 points
  • Careless driving: 2 points
  • Tailgating: 2 points 
  • Running a red light: 2 points 
  • Speeding less than 25 MPH over the limit: 2 points 
  • Speeding more than 25 MPH over the limit: 3 points
  • Reckless driving: 4 points
  • Failing to stop for a school bus loading/unloading students: 4 points
If you possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you may receive higher point penalties and license suspension for certain violations. 
The OK DPS does remove points for “good behavior” over a certain time, though—12 months with no violations takes away 2 points. No incidents within 3 years will allow all points to be  removed
You can also remove 2 points by completing a defensive driving course, which can be taken once every 24 months. 
Key Takeaway: Oklahoma uses a point system to assess and regulate traffic violations. The DPS will remove 2 points from your record for every 12 months without further violations and will remove all of them for 3 years without incident. You may also remove 2 points through a defensive driving course. 

How can my driving record affect me? 

Whether it’s good or bad, you may find your driving record playing a role in other aspects of your life. Here’s a breakdown of some of the factors it can impact most. 

Your insurance premium 

If you’ve accumulated a lot of points on your record, insurance companies may deem you a high-risk driver. Unfortunately, this means that your premiums can rise drastically—sometimes by as much as 300%. 
Just having a speeding ticket can increase your rates by 20% so you’ll want to keep your record as clean as possible. An even greater incentive—drivers with clean records get some of the lowest premiums available. 
Whether you’ve received tickets or not, Jerry will make sure you’re getting the best rate available. The average customer saves $879/year on car insurance so it’s worth the free look! 
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Your ability to drive 

In Oklahoma, your license will be suspended if you accrue 10 points or more in 5 years. The duration of this suspension increases with the number of times your license has previously been suspended. Severe violations like DUIs, hit-and-runs, and negligent homicide as a result of reckless driving warrant immediate suspension of your driving privileges

Your credit rating

Your credit score won’t suffer from a bad driving record, but it will suffer from a failure to pay ticket fines. Though overdue tickets usually receive a late fee first, the longer they’re left unpaid the more likely they’ll be sent to a collection agency. Once this happens, your credit score will drop quite a bit. 

Your job prospects 

Potential employers may obtain a copy of your driving record to assess your candidacy. Should you have a murky record, you may wind up losing the opportunity. This is especially the case if you’re interested in positions that require the use of a motor vehicle.  
Key Takeaway: Your driving record can determine your insurance rate, driving privileges, and candidacy for employment. 

What is the difference between driving records in each state? 

Your driving record is kept in the state where you currently hold a license and residence. Records follow you so that they are always in one place and can be easily accessed. If you live and drive in Oklahoma, this is where your driving record lives, too. 
This does not mean that traffic offenses committed outside of Oklahoma will not show up on your record. 
On the contrary, most states in the US are a part of the Driver’s License Compact—an interstate agreement to share information about traffic violations and license suspensions. Because of this, no matter where in the country you commit a traffic violation, the information will be sent to your local DMV and you will have to face the repercussions.

Which states don’t share driving records? 

Only five states aren’t a part of the DLC. These are: 
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
However, through alternate agreements, these states can still share driving information with other states.
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