How Do You Obtain a Free Motor Vehicle Report?

Although there are a number of websites that claim to offer free motor vehicle reports, the Department of Motor Vehicle warns consumers against using these services as they normally provide limited or false information. Most states charge a small fee for obtaining a motor vehicle report.

Consumers can typically order their motor vehicle reports directly from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Revenue, Department of Public Safety or Motor Vehicle Division. As of 2015, the price for these records vary from $5 in the state of Wyoming to as high as $12 in Maryland. Some states allow drivers to order their motor vehicle reports online through the state's DMV website, while other states allow in-person or by-mail requests only. To obtain a driver motor vehicle report in person, a driver usually needs to present his driver's license and a form of payment at a driver's license office.

A faster and more convenient way to obtain a motor vehicle report is to order it through a third-party company such as Although these private companies charge a higher fee for the report, they offer quick turnaround times ranging from 24 to 72 hours, as well as discounted prices based on the number of orders.