A better way to get a copy of your driver record

January 7, 2010

by Brad Benfield

For the first time ever, drivers in our state can skip the trip to a driver licensing office and buy a copy of their driver record online at the Department of Licensing website instead.

Driving records (technically known as “abstracts of driving records,” or ADRs) show a history of violations, convictions, collisions, and departmental actions incurred by a driver over a period of time. More than 200,000 drivers in Washington purchase copies of their driving records every year. Most need one to provide to a current or prospective employer to maintain or establish eligibility to drive on the job.

 Getting a copy of your driving record online still costs $10, but the report itself has been completely redesigned to make it easier to read and understand. ADRs purchased online are provided in a non-editable Adobe Acrobat format and can be printed immediately on your home computer. They also can be purchased and printed at the many self service stations located within many driver licensing offices around the state.

 There are several versions that can be purchased depending on the reason an individual needs it. A driver can choose to get a complete record that details their entire driving history, or a more limited record specifically designed to meet state requirements related to use for insurance and employment purposes.