Driving Records and DUI

When you've been convicted for a DUI, your Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records will show the DUI on your record. You may be wondering how long your DUI conviction will stay on your DMV record and how your DMV record differs from your criminal record. You can go down to your local DMV office and request a copy of your driving record from them for a nominal fee.

How long will my DUI be on my driving record?

While it's a common belief that your DUI conviction will fall off of your driving record, it will actually remain there indefinitely. If you need DMV records for an employer or volunteer opportunity, however, they’ll often only search for the previous three years. If your DUI conviction was before that window of time, it won't show up on the DMV records that are requested.

If, however, your DUI was within that 3-year window, it will appear on the DMV records. If you are uncertain if your DUI conviction is on your DMV Driving Record it would be wise to check your record. Employers may search for records further back than three years as well, and your DUI conviction may show up. Employers can look at your 3 year history, 5 year history, 7 year history, and even look at your lifetime driving record for a DUI.

What's the difference between my DMV records and my criminal record?

Your driving record is separate from your criminal history, but your DUI conviction can be on both. Unlike your DMV records, your DUI conviction will always show up on your criminal history, unless you expunge your record. Criminal histories give information about your history over a lifetime, so a DUI conviction will remain there indefinitely.

Can I get my DUI conviction removed from my DMV records?

It's possible to have your DUI expunged from your records.  However, a DUI won’t “fall off” your record after a specific number of years. You'll have to be proactive about getting your DUI removed.

To find out how to have your DUI expunged from your records, you’ll need to speak to the Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Public Safety in your area. It is also important to get a copy of your DMV Driving Records before speaking with the DMV that way you are prepared and know exactly whats on your driving record. DUI laws vary from state to state, so there’s no one solution for every U.S. Citizen.

Can I get a copy of my driving record from my DMV office?

Yes, you can go down to your local DMV office and tell them that you would like a copy of your driving record. You will need to fill out a request form and pay a fee, usually betwen $5 and $8 (depending on the state) and they will mail you a copy.

The only problem with acquiring a copy of your driving record this way is the time you will spend going to the DMV, waiting in line and then waiting for your driving record to arrive in the mail. If you're not in a hurry, this is the way to go to save some money, but if you need a copy now, you definitely are going to want to order a copy here. Just enter your information in the box below:

You may ask for assistance from an attorney that specializes in DUI law to navigate the system of DMV records. It can help to have a trained professional to assist you when you're trying to have your DUI expunged from your records. As with anything in the legal system, having a DUI removed from your records can be complicated and take a lot of paperwork.