Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?

Yes, the state of Maryland allows drivers to obtain a non-certified or certified copy of an online driving record. To complete this transaction on the MD MVA website, you will be required to enter your drivers license number and date of birth. Payment cannot be made with a travelers check or money order.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?

Depending on the citation you have been issued, you may receive a court order to attend Maryland traffic school. However, the state does not typically allow drivers to remove points from their driving record by completing this program. If you are ordered to attend traffic school, you will receive a notification stating so.

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How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?

The state of Maryland offers four available options to pay traffic ticket: online, by phone, in person or by mail.

Online To pay for traffic tickets online, venture over to the District Court of Maryland website and follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen.

By Phone Call 1-800-492-2656 and have your ticket information on hand.

In Person Visit the district court located in the county where your ticket was issued. To find a list of MD District Court locations, go to the District Court of Maryland website.

By Mail Submit payment for your ticket to the following address:

District Court Traffic Processing Center PO Box 6676 Annapolis, MD 21401

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How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?

If you have reason to believe that an individual has gained unauthorized access to your MD DMV driving record, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration to report any suspicious activity. You can call them at 1-410-768-7000 or visit a nearby branch.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I get a copy of my driving record?

Since 2000, the state of Maryland has blocked public access to their residents driving records. Private records can now only be made available to the following organizations or parties:

  • Law enforcement
  • Car insurance company
  • Hospital
  • Another type of official business

If you would like your driving record to be made public, you must provide written consent to the Maryland MVA. You can, however, always request to view a copy of your own driving record by submitting a Request for Motor Vehicle Administrative Records in person at a MVA branch or online through their website.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?

In order to have your traffic ticket dismissed, a judge who hears your case would have to dismiss all the charges. You can fight your Maryland traffic ticket by pleading not guilty and attending a court hearing. Even if your citation is dismissed, you will still be required to pay any applicable court fees.

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How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?

Unless you are a figure of authority, you will be unable to obtain a copy of another person s drivers license due to a Maryland law that was enacted in 2000. Driving records are generally closed to the public. In order to have access to somebody else s record, a written request must be made to have it open.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?

You will need to complete all the requirements of your suspension period before you can begin the process of reinstating your drivers license. Once you believe you have fulfilled the necessary requirements, you can then contact the Maryland MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division to inquire about reinstatement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?

If you are issued a moving traffic ticket in the state of Maryland, your points will remain on your driving record for a period of two years. In rare instances, you may be allowed to have these points removed by attending DMV traffic school. You may also seek the legal counsel of a traffic attorney for further options.

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How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?

If you accumulate between eight to 11 points on your Maryland driving record, you will receive a Notice of Point Suspension. You will then have the option to either accept the suspension period or to request a hearing and wait to hear from the Office of Administrative Hearings about a date, place and time. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your record, you will receive a Notice of Revocation instead.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?

The state of Maryland does not provide the option to attend a traffic school course in order to reduce points from your drivers record. But if you accumulate between five to seven points on your record, you will be ordered to complete Maryland s Driver Improvement Program. If you are instructed to attend this program, you will be notified by the MVA through a written letter, which will include available DIP locations. The program itself runs four to eight hours, and a Certificate of Completion will be handed to you at the end.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?

To inquire about your citation, you can contact the District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656. Their operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit their website for more information about MD traffic fines.

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If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?

If you have a drivers license suspension due to an MD DUI, you will need to complete your suspension period and fulfill reinstatement requirements before you can have your driving privileges restored. Some of these requirements will include completing a Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, as well as paying reinstatement fees.

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What are the different types of driving records?

The state of Maryland offers two types of driving records: non-certified and certified. A non-certified record costs $9 and a certified record is $12. Your driving record can contain information from the past three years or everything that is in the MVA database.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?

The state of Maryland has severe consequences and penalties in place for DUI offenses. Some of these may include the following:

  • Possible jail time
  • Possible community service/hours
  • Completion of alcohol awareness program
  • Reinstatement Fees

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What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?

Commercial drivers who are issued a citation in the state of Maryland will have 30 days to notify their employer. If you have received a ticket as the result of a major violation, you may face a drivers license suspension. Your drivers license can be disqualified for up to 12 months. However, if you were issued a citation for a serious violation, such as speeding, your license may not be suspended but you will have points added to your driving record.

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What information does a driving record contain?

Typically, a Maryland driving record contains the following information:

  • Your car insurance policy number
  • Your car insurance company
  • Your ZIP code
  • Your current driving status
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number
  • Information about accidents you have been involved in

If requesting your own MD DVMV driving record, it can also include personal information such as your name, residential address, Social Security Number, drivers license number and date of birth.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?

Your Maryland DWI fees and fines will vary depending on the offense you have committed. For example, if this is your first driving under the influence offense, you will be charged a $1,000 fine. If it is your second offense, the cost increases to $2,000. If you have satisfied payment for your required fines, then contact the Maryland MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division at 1-410-768-7000 to inquire about your reinstatement process.

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What is the cost of a traffic ticket?

The cost of traffic ticket will depend on the type of citation you received. Certain violations carry higher fines than others. For example, a speeding ticket will hold a heavier fine than a citation for an improper turn. Your citation will state the amount you are required to pay. If you need further clarification about your traffic ticket, contact the District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656.

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What is the cost to get a driver record?

The state of Maryland charges the following amounts for checking driving record:

  • Non-Certified Driving Record – $9
  • Certified Driving Record – $12

If making your request in person, bring your Maryland drivers license with you as proof of identity. You will also need to fill out a Request for Motor Vehicle Administrative Records in person.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?

If you are a commercial driver in the state of Maryland who has been convicted of DWI for the first time, your drivers license will be suspended for a year. If you are a CDL driver who was carrying hazardous materials, then your license will be suspended for three years.

You are required to notify your employer of this suspension immediately. You will also be required to pay high fines and fees, in addition to retaking a number of tests after you have fulfilled your suspension period.

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What is the DUI penalty for a minor?

If you are a minor in the state of Maryland who is fighting DUI conviction for the first time, your drivers license will be suspended for six months if you are less than 21 years old. You will also have points added to your driving record and be required to pay fines. Before your license can be reinstated, you must fulfill the terms of your suspension period.

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What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?

Your reinstatement requirements will depend on the type of offense you have committed, and if you were previously convicted of DUI. Typically, a DUI/DWI case requires you to complete the following:

  • Your suspension period
  • An Alcohol and Drug Abuse program
  • Possible jail time
  • Possible community service/hours
  • Payment of high fines and fees

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?

If you have been ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle by the Maryland District Court, the Medical Advisory Board or the MD Office of Administrative Hearings, then you will need to get in touch with an ignition interlock provider in the state. You can find a list of Maryland MVA authorized providers by visiting this page.

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Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?

To find information pertaining to your traffic ticket online, visit the District Court of Maryland website. If you want specific information about your citation, review the MD Judiciary Case. Make sure to have your Maryland drivers license number available in case it is requested.

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Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?

If you were recently issued a traffic ticket, it may not yet be reflected on your Maryland drivers record. To learn more about your citation, contact the court of clerks in the county where your ticket was issued. If you need to reach out to the Maryland MVA instead, you can call them at 1-410-768-7000 or visit a branch in your neighborhood.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?

Depending on the citation you received, you may have points added to your driving record. For example, failure to stop at a red traffic light results in two points on your drivers record, whereas improper passing results in one point. You may seek the legal counsel of a traffic attorney if you are issued a ticket. You can also pay traffic fine by calling the District of District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?

Yes, the state of Maryland requires drivers convicted of driving under the influence to complete an Alcohol and Drug Abuse program. This course is known as the 12-Hour Alcohol Education Program (AEP). To sign up, contact an AEP provider and bring in your referral letter that was provided to you by the District Court judge or Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings. You must take the proper steps to begin this program within 90 days of the date noted on your referral letter. Contact the Maryland MVA for more information.

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