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What Information is Contained in your Driving Record?

Texas, like most other states, has a law on the books that requires it to keep a record of "each accident report and abstract of the court record of a conviction received by the department under a law of this state." (Texas ยง 521.042) Therefore, any time you get in an accident or are convicted of a traffic offense, it goes on your Texas driving record and stays there. If you take a Texas defensive driving course to have a ticket dismissed, the fact that you took a defensive driving course also appears on your driving record, although the ticket itself will not.

In most states, the state simply keeps these records on file for its own use. If your insurance company or a potential employer needs to see a copy, they can request one.  However, in Texas it's not quite that simple. There are actually six different types of Texas driving records that you can request from the state. Therefore, it's important to request the right type of driving record to ensure you get the information you need.

Here are the different types of Texas driving records along with the information contained in each:


Type 1:  Status Record: This record simply shows your name, birthday, whether or not your license is active, and your last known address.

Type 2: 3-Year History Record: Shows all of the above information, and also a list of your accidents and violations for the past 3 years.

Type 2a: Certified 3-Year History Record: Contains the exact same information as Type 2, but it costs more to obtain and is certified by the Texas Custodian of Records.

Type 3: List of all accidents and violations in record: This record shows your name, birthday, whether or not your license is active, and a list of any and all accidents and convictions you've incurred during your Texas driving career. Only you can request a copy of this type of driving record.

Type 3a: Certified list of all accidents and violations in record: Contains the exact same information as Type 3, but it has been certified by the Texas Custodian of Records. This is the only type of driving record that is acceptable to bring to court of you have a traffic ticket that you'd like to get dismissed. Like its non-certified twin, only you can obtain this type of record.

Type 4: Certified Abstracts of Driving Record: A certified summary of your driving record.

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