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Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around auto insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.

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UPDATED: Oct 1, 2020

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There may be times when you are not sure if your driver’s license has been suspended. This is because notifications from the Department or Bureau of Motor Vehicles may not be sent out on time or perhaps you’ve been away from home. In any event, it is relatively easy to check and find out if your driver’s license is indeed suspended.

Order Your Driving Record Report

Your driving record is kept by the state government and provides information on the current status of your driver’s license and includes the following pieces of information.

  • Status of Driver’s License
  • Number of Traffic Accidents
  • Points on Driving Record
  • Traffic Violations, Convictions, and Fines
  • DUI Public Records

The status of your driver’s license may be valid, suspended, or canceled. You can check with the following agencies that oversee the driving records of everyone in the state. You will need to see which of the following applies to your state.

  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Secretary of State (SoS)
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Department of Revenue (DoR)
  • Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)

Usually, you can go to your state’s official government website and quickly find the department that oversees your driving record. Once you have done that, the next step is to see just how they dispense the information. In most states, the confidentiality of your driving record is such that simply getting a copy online may not be possible, so you will need to check first.

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The Cost of Ordering Your Driving Record

Expired License and Car Insurance

You should take note that ordering your driver’s license status from the state will probably require a small fee. This is usually a processing fee so that the service can pay for itself.

You can appear at the appropriate department in person, go online, or have your driving record sent to you through the mail.

You will want to beware of websites that claim they can check your driver’s license online for free.

In fact, you should not go to any such website that makes this claim and instead either work through your state government website or call the appropriate agency and talk the staff member present.

Otherwise, you run the risk of getting very little information and instead mostly face a sales pitch for products or services.

There are many reasons why you should check your driver’s license and driving record from time to time. While most people will do so to see if the latest ticket, accident or related incident has added points to their license or worse, caused a suspension, other reasons include checking your driving record against the policy rates of your insurance company.

Effects of Suspended Driver’s License

If you find that your driver’s license has been suspended, here are the following disadvantages;

  • Can no longer drive a vehicle
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Fees and fines for reinstatement
  • Fines and possible arrest if caught driving without a proper license