Knowing how to obtain a copy of an Illinois driving record can help people stay on top of inaccuracies that could impact insurance rates, employment opportunities, and future driving privileges. Obtaining a copy of an Illinois driving record is simple and can be done by mail or in person for a small fee.
Why Check a Driving Record?
Most drivers rarely check their driving record, but it’s important because it contains a driver’s entire driving history. Having a safe driving record that’s accurate and up to date can positively impact a driver’s insurance rates as well as potential employment opportunities. A driving record can contain errors such as unpaid traffic violations, added fines, and inaccurate data related to a car accident and injuries. By getting a certified copy of his/her record, a driver can make sure all information is correct.
Getting a Driving Record in Illinois
In Illinois, getting a certified copy of a driving record can be obtained by mail or in person. An Abstract Request Form that contains pertinent driver information will be required for both methods.
- By Mail – A driver must get and complete a Driving Record Abstract Request Form and mail it along with a $12 fee to: Secretary of State, Driver Analysis Section, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL 62723.
- In Person – A driver must get and complete a Driving Record Abstract Request Form and take it to any nearby Illinois Driver Services facility along with a $12 fee. Completing the form prior to the visit can save time.
If a driver is out of state, an immediate family member in Illinois may obtain the driving record with notarized written permission from the driver listed on the request form. Parents or legal guardians of a minor under age 18 must also submit notarized written permission from the minor listed on the request form.
Illinois allows a person to purchase another person’s driving record in the same manner, by mail or in person. However, federal and state law prohibits the disclosure of that driver’s personal information or address. Public information such as car accidents, traffic violations, and traffic convictions can be released after that driver is notified of the request. The notification will contain the requestor’s name and the date of the request.
If another state requests proof of a driver’s record and driving status in Illinois, a driver may request a certified copy to send to the licensing authorities in that state. The Secretary of State’s office does not issue clearance letters any longer.