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Checking Your Driving Record in Ontario -

July 26, 2013

Are you in the process of shopping for insurance? Are you considering taking a job that requires you to drive? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it is in your best interest to check your driving record in Ontario. Insurance companies and employers alike will request a statement of your driving record from the Ministry of Transportation before they extend you an offer for insurance or  job. By taking the time to verify that your driving record is accurate, you can avoid running into problems by failing to list driving violations and accidents that never crossed your mind. In today's modern times, you do not have to get in your car and drive to a Licensing Administration Office just to get an abstract printout.

Here is your guide on how to check your driving record without leaving your home.

Distinguishing Between Different Ontario Driving Records

Ordering a driving record can be confusing when you are not familiar with the various types of reports that are available. Some records will provide general information on accidents, while other reports will include more detailed information on your driver license status changes. If you are trying to submit a request, you will need to know which type of report provides the information you need to review. Here is a brief description of each type of report you can order:

How to Order the Appropriate Record

Now that you understand the difference between the various reports, it is time to learn how to order your record online from the comforts of your own home. If you have access to the Internet, ordering your driving record is as easy as visiting the Service Ontario website. At this site, you can enter your license number and receive an uncertified 3-year report within 15 minutes after submitting a $12 payment. The driving record can then be printed or saved to your computer.

If you feel more comfortable ordering your report through the mail, you can mail a request to the Ministry of Transportation's Support Office with the appropriate payment amount and wait to receive a certified copy in the mail. A certified copy can also be requested in person at one of the many ServiceOntario centres. You should review the various payment amounts for certified and uncertified records directly from the Service Ontario website.

If you need a reminder of past tickets, or you would like to know when demerit points are going to be dropped off of your record, order your driving record to verify the information and the dates. This guide should help you determine which record is appropriate depending on the purpose of the report.

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