How To Check the Status of a Driver License

Having a valid driver’s license is important to be able to drive around town. If you get a traffic ticket and you are caught without a valid license, you can get into more trouble. Also, some employers require that you have a valid driver’s license.

If you’re not sure about the status of your driver’s license, there are things you can do to check it out. Here are some ways to determine the state of your driver’s license.

  • Look at the license. Look at your plastic card and check at the expiration date of your license. When you have a birthday coming up, it’s a good idea to check it a month or a few weeks before so you can make preparations if you need to renew it. Don’t let your license lapse because this will affect your driving record. To be considered a good driver, you need to be continuously licensed for a period of time with no lapses, suspensions or revocations on your driver’s license. This will ultimately affect the premiums you pay for your auto insurance. However, merely looking at your license won’t tell you if it’s suspended or revoked.
  • Go to DMV. If you have the time, you can physically go to the DMV to check on the driver’s license status. The good thing about going to an actual DMV office is that you can talk to someone, ask questions and find out details about your driving record. For example, if you find out that your license was suspended, you can find out why. In some cases, it may be because of non payment of child support, or it may be because of too many accidents or points against your record. The bad news about going to the DMV office is that you will need to deal with the long lines.
  • Have your driving record checked. Call your auto insurance agent and find out what your driver’s license status is. Auto insurance carriers can run a DMV report. After all, your premium is based on your driving record. You can also find out if it’s been two or three years that a bad mark or point against your driving record has been removed. Visit your agent at the office and see if they can look up your driving history on file. A current one may also be run, but you have to check first.
  • Go to the DMV website of your state. The easiest and quickest way to find out the status of your license is to go online. Select the State you live in and go to the DMV website. Be prepared to type in your name as it appears on the driver’s license, as well as give the driver’s license number. If you moved from a different state, then you need to check from the State that issued your license.

It’s important to find out and check on your license, especially if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or you have unpaid moving violation tickets. In many cases, the person may not even be aware of a suspension or may have forgotten about a prior ticket.


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