What info does a driving abstract contain?

Many people who wish to check the status of their driver's license find it confusing to distinguish between a driver record and a driving abstract. A driving abstract contains your driving record. However, an abstract is defined as a self-contained statement that tells the reader about a larger body of work. An abstract is not a review of the work, but it does contain key words from the larger body of work. Essentially, a driving abstract is a shorter and less detailed version of your driving record.

To be specific, a driving abstract contains personal information such as your name, address, and birth date. It also has information about your driver's license itself—such as what class of license it is, any endorsements and/or restrictions that it might have, its status, and its expiration date. Your driving history for the current year and the three years prior are included in a driving abstract, as well as any alcohol or drug-related convictions in the past 10 years.

One key factor to keep in mind when deciding what type of documents to order is that a driving abstract is not always certified like your official driving record would be. If you want a certified abstract, you will need to specify this when ordering the document and possibly pay an extra fee. However, even if the abstract is not certified, you can be sure it contains the same information you'd find in a certified copy.

If a driving abstract is needed as part of a pre-employment screening, the request for this document will need to be accompanied by a release signed by the employee and a statement from the possible employer saying that it is necessary to have a copy of the abstract to determine whether or not they will employ the individual. For example, a driving abstract is often needed if the employee would be transporting children, the elderly, or handicapped people as part of his regular job duties.

Driving abstracts can be ordered from your state's DMV office or online in certain locations. In most cases, it will take one to three weeks to obtain your driving abstract. Fees will vary. It is possible to order a driving abstract from a third-party service and receive the information quicker, but you'll pay an added charge for this convenience.

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