Wisconsin Driving Record
The Wisconsin driving record documents key information about your past moving violations, car accidents you may have been involved in and current drivers license status. Find out more about how you can obtain a recent copy of your driving record, and learn more about DMV driving records in the sections below.
How To Order A State-Approved Wisconsin Driving Record
To simplify the process of getting your driving record, DMV.com has partnered with BackgroundChecks.com. In just 3 easy steps, you are able to order your driving record online. Click here to get started. By easily ordering your driving record online, you will receive the most up-to-date information in a shorter time frame. Your driving record will include your driver’s license status, violation convictions (including DUIs), endorsements, restrictions and administrative actions that are associated with your drivers license and reportable in your state according to their policies. Accidents and points will only show if applicable based on your state. Your driving record can only be ordered from a state where you have been issued a license.*
2. Via a DMV office:
You can also get your driving record from your local, official DMV office. This option tends to be the most cost-effective choice; however, it is important to note that not all DMV locations have the ability to process driving records. It is recommended to first check with your local DMV to verify if they can fulfill this service. Click here to find a DMV office near you. If your DMV office offers the option to make an appointment and make sure to have all your personal documents and pay the fees to order a driving record.
3. By mail:
If you are not in a rush to get your driving record, you can request it by mail through the DMV. First, find out if your local DMV processes driving records, if they do, make sure to gather all the required documentation and send it to their mailing address. To avoid delays double check that you have included all the correct information. Almost all DMV offices accept payment in the form of a money order but for alternative payment methods check with your local office.
What is on my Wisconsin driving record?
Depending on the type of driving record and where you purchase it, your Wisconsin driving record may provide either a partial or complete outline of your personal WI driving history. If you order your driving record directly from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, it will contain:
- Date and place of issuance for your WI driver's license.
- Past traffic violations.
- Wisconsin DWI records.
- Driver's license suspensions or revocations.
- Number of demerit points.
- Traffic citations.
- Habitual offender information.
If you order your driving record through DMV.com, you will receive valuable information such as: violation convictions, accidents (if reported by the state), suspensions or limitations, special license classifications and DUI offenses on record. DMV.com recommends ordering a copy at least every three years. Find out what is on your driving history report by filling out the form above to order a copy of your records.
Did you know? Your personal driving history is a public record. Potential employers, insurance providers, and courts of law can all request a copy of your driving history.
What do points on my Wisconsin driving record mean?
The demerit points on your Wisconsin driving history report indicate past moving violations you may have committed. Interpret the driving record points on your WI Department of Transportation driving abstract by looking at a list of offenses below:
- Obstructing traffic or parking on a highway traffic lane: 2 points
- Improper backing up, illegal turning or breaking a violation restriction: 3 points
- Failure to give a signal or dim lights: 3 points
- Unnecessary acceleration or deviating from a traffic lane: 4 points
- Inattentive driving: 4 points
- DWI violation: 6 points
- Reckless driving or racing: 6 points
- Speeding at 20 mph or more over the limit: 6 points
In addition to fulfilling the suspension period, you may also be required to attend traffic school to remove demerit points from your Wisconsin driving history. If you review a copy of your driving record and notice there is an error, contact the Wisconsin DOT office.
How do points against my Wisconsin license affect me?
Once you accumulate 12 demerit points in a 12-month period on your Wisconsin driving history report, your driver's license will get suspended. The length of the suspension period depends on the type of license you have:
- If you own a learner's permit or a probationary license:
- From 12 to 30 points: Six-month suspension
- More than 30 points: One-year suspension
- If you own a regular driver's license or a CDL license:
- From 12 to 16 points: Two-month suspension
- From 17 to 22 points: Four-month suspension
- From 23 to 30 points: Six-month suspension
- More than 30 points: One-year suspension
Points on a Department of Transportation driving record can devalue a job application, impair a bank installment plan or increase a car insurance premium. Obtain a copy of your DMV driving record to be up to date with your driving license status.
How do I remove drivers license points from my Wisconsin record?
Eliminate demerit points on your Wisconsin driving record by completing the actions assigned by a court judge or the Wisconsin DOT. In most cases, you can take three points off your Department of Transportation driving record abstract by attending a state-approved traffic school. Offenders who are charged with a DUI conviction are often required to complete a defensive driving course just to meet reinstatement requirements.
How long do points stay on my Wisconsin driving record?
The demerit points on your Wisconsin DOT driving record are accounted for within three-year intervals and remain until you complete your drivers license reinstatement steps. By enrolling in a defensive driving course at a Wisconsin traffic school, you can get your total number of demerit points reduced by three. With the traffic school completion certificate, your suspension may be fully lifted, if the total number of accumulated points is 12, 13 or 14.
Checking For Traffic Violations and Penalties in Wisconsin
Wisconsin DUI Records
Wisconsin DUI criminal records from the Department of Transportation also note a driver's alcohol-related offenses, if applicable. Review the DWI section of your Wisconsin DOT driving history report.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you may be required to pay high fines, complete a jail sentence and fulfill a drug and alcohol education course.
How do I know if my Wisconsin Driving License is suspended?
Order a WI driving record to get information about your current drivers license status. The information in your Wisconsin driving report will include details about your active or suspended driving license, and how long your drivers license will be suspended for.
Previous Traffic Violations in Wisconsin
Traffic violations such as speeding, illegal parking, driving recklessly, or unpaid tickets are featured in the moving violations section of your WI motor vehicle abstract. Read about the most frequent traffic offenses you may have been charged with in order to avoid similar situations from occurring in the future.
Why do I need a copy of my Wisconsin driving record?
A clean driving history allows you to secure employment as a commercial driver in your state, or across the U.S. A copy of your DMV driving record also allows you to review past driving violations you may have committed. Order your Wisconsin driving record to prepare for a job interview or to view the current status of your state drivers license.
Check for Points in Wisconsin
By reviewing your personal driving record abstract from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation you will be able to see demerit points you may have accumulated for traffic violations and offenses. Checking your driving record points will also allow you to maintain a clean motor vehicle report and keep your driving privilege intact.
Applying for a Commercial Driver Position in Wisconsin
By law, commercial drivers must maintain a clean driving history in order to operate a vehicle for business purposes. Prior to seeking a job opportunity in the CDL field, order a copy of your Wisconsin driving record report and review it today.
Lower Wisconsin Insurance Premiums
Responsible drivers in Wisconsin may receive lower car insurance rates as an acknowledgment of their safe driving. A clean copy of your driving record may give you the opportunity to negotiate a more cost-friendly insurance package.
Take Wisconsin Traffic School to Prevent Points
Presenting a state-approved traffic school certificate of completion to the appropriate DMV parties will allow you to have three points removed from your Wisconsin motor vehicle abstract. Note that you must notify the Wisconsin DOT about your course completion within 30 days to reduce points on your driving history report.
Why do employers check your Wisconsin driving record?
In order to prevent unwanted business consequences, employees often start a job screening process by reviewing employee driving history reports. A job candidate with a clean driving record history is a preferred alternative to a driver who has several unattended and unresolved citations.
How Do I Get My Wisconsin Driving Record?
DMV.com recommends ordering driving records from a secure and reliable source. You have the option of ordering your driving record directly from a local government branch of the Wisconsin DOT. This is usually the most cost-effective way to obtain your driving record. However, as an alternative option DMV.com has partnered with BackgroundChecks.com to deliver you the most up-to-date information quickly and conveniently. We partnered with BackgroundChecks.com because their commitment to keeping your information confidential and safe is a top priority.
Different Types of Wisconsin Driving Records
Several types of Wisconsin driving records are available in the state. Drivers may obtain one of the following driving records below, depending on the driving history they need:
5-Year Driving Record
A 5-year driving record contains information about traffic violations related to the past five years. Review the details of your personal driving history by requesting a copy of this document today.
7-Year Driving Record
A 7-year driving record is a commonly asked for report that contains moving violations and other key information about your driver's license status from the last seven years.
Complete Driving Record
Certain traffic violations stay on record for the full length of your driving license's validity period. Request a WI complete driving record if you need to review violations and offenses you may have committed throughout your driving history.
How do I fix a mistake on a Wisconsin drivers history report?
A mistake on your Wisconsin driving history report can eventually impact your drivers license status. The motor vehicle record from the Wisconsin DOT is reviewed in three-year intervals. If a demerit point is cleared within that window and still remains on record, it can result in longer second suspension periods and severe fines. Keep your personal driving record free of errors by alerting the relevant DOT office:
What is not included on my Wisconsin driving record report?
A WI motor vehicle abstract contains information about your past behavior as a driver. However, if you would like to get information that extends beyond your driving record, DMV.com provides details on the following resources:
Wisconsin Vehicle Registration History
Your vehicle registration history includes information about vehicles that were previously registered and owned in the past. In certain cases, a vehicle registration report may be requested by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Check your driving record and keep a copy of your vehicle registration documentation with you as well.
*These records are for employment purposes and personal information only, are not certified so cannot be used in court or to obtain your license in another state. The content and length of the report is determined by the state and not DMV.com, the record you receive will be the public record for employment purposes as determined by your state on the date of the order.