How long does it take to perform a driving background check?
It’s useful to keep track of driving records. Not just your own, but also the people around you. If you’re ever planning on letting someone borrow your car, or having them be the designated driver, it’s safe to know their track record. After all, someone with a dozen traffic violations in the last few years shouldn’t be on your insurance plan, right?
However, performing a driving record background check can take some time. There are a plethora of ways to acquire a driving record, with varying degrees of speed. So, the question is, what’s the fastest way to find someone’s driving record?
- An online public records check
Online public record checks are by far the fastest way to obtain a copy of someone’s driving record. With their full name and the state they live in, you can find their driving record in minutes. Moreover, the document you locate should be identical to the one held by the government and is likely to be up-to-date.
Another big advantage of online public record checks is their confidentiality. It can be embarrassing for a search like this to turn up, but when using services like SpyFly, that chance is minimalized. They do not notify the person being searched in any way. This allows you to remain secure in the knowledge that your search will go unnoticed, one way or another.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles
As an adult, even the letters “DMV” fill me with a certain dread. However, as the custodians of driving records, this is a valid place to visit should you seek one out. However, keep in mind that the DMV will have lines, and they’re almost always ridiculously long. Moreover, even after waiting through the lines for something as simple as a file request, they’re likely to require the file be mailed to you. This will take several days to be accomplished, but it will be done.
One advantage of the DMV is the certainty that the information is up-to-date. If something were to change regarding a person’s driving record very recently, then the DMV will absolutely contain a record of it.
- A county court
County courthouses allow you to request access to nearly every kind of public record, and many other legal documents. You can visit the county clerk, and add your request to their queue. However, many county clerks have several days worth of backlog, and it may take 1-2 weeks just for them to reach your request. Afterward, it can be several days before the request is fulfilled, making this by far the lengthiest and most inconvenient way to try and obtain a driving record.
- BONUS: Insurance providers
Car insurance providers maintain driving records on par with the DMV’s. And, moreover, if they proceed with your request, they can get you access to the file in only a few days.
However, the operative word there is “if”. Such a service would be considered pro bono, and many companies actively discourage charity of that sort. Insurance agents are under no obligation to provide you with access to anyone’s driving record, including your own, and you would be subject to their generosity if this is how you hope to obtain someone’s driving record.
SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.