How do I find out my driving record regarding trafic tickets and accidents?

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UPDATED: Mar 31, 2011

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Insurance Question from San Antonio, TX

Asked on 03/31/2011

How do I find out my driving record regarding trafic tickets and accidents? NULL

Answer given on April 05, 2011

There are a couple of ways to find out what your driving record is.  The first is to go to the DMV and request a copy of your record.  Of course, you will need your driver’s license number and there will be a fee for this.  The costs vary, so I suggest you call the DMV before you go.

Another way to get your driving record is to call your insurance agent.  They have access to your record and they can tell you what they have.   There should be no cost for this information.

If you have recently received a ticket, or had an accident, they may not yet show on your record.  A ticket won’t show until it is settled, either by you paying a fine or going to court.

It is recommended that if you have the option, go to traffic school to keep a ticket off of your record.  While it usually costs an additional amount, it will keep your record clear which will save you money on your insurance.  Some people don’t think it is worth their time, but over 3-5 years, it can save you hundreds of dollars.

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