Understanding a Motor Vehicle Report

Comprehending the information on a motor vehicle report can be formidable task. This article breaks down each component of a motor vehicle report (MVR) and how to interpret the data. We recommend contacting your Foley representative if there are questions about anything you see on an MVR.

MVR's provided by Foley are broken into these sections:

Person Details

This section includes information about individual the MVR has been run on. This includes, name, license number, license state, current license status and when the MVR was requested.

License Classes

This sections includes additional information on the individual’s current license that was requested. The current license information is listed first, followed by any previous license or identification information in order of issued date. License Class information may provide:

  • License Type, such as a commercial or personal license
  • Class Description (A, B, etc.)
  • Class Status
  • Expiration Date
  • Issued Date
  • Any restrictions the individual may have

Note: some states will provide alternative forms of identification (ID Cards) issued to the individual at any point in time.

Medical Certificates

The MVR will provide the most recent medical examination history the state licensing agency has on file.  Medical certificate information will include:

  • Current Medical Certificate Status
  • Issued Date
  • Expiration Date
  • Self-Certification Description
  • Any restrictions the individual may have
  • Examining Physician Details


This section includes the accident, violation, suspension, reinstatement, and conviction history associated with the person. Different incident types will contain varying levels of information so it’s important to understand what each incident type means.


Accidents happen. When they do, accident history can appear on a motor vehicle report when an accident report is filed with local or state authorities. Accident history will include the incident date, the type of accident (denoted by the ACD Code and Description) and any miscellaneous information the state licensing agency has provided.

Commercial accidents will be listed as “True” if the accident took place in a commercial motor vehicle.


A moving violation occurs whenever a traffic law is violated by a vehicle in motion. Some examples of moving violations are speeding, running a stop sign or red light, or driving under the influence. Each violation (denoted by the ACD Code and State Description) will have an event date which indicates when the incident took place. If the individual was found guilty of the violation, a conviction date will indicate the date the violation was resolved on. Any miscellaneous information the state licensing agency has regarding the violation will also be provided.


When a license is suspended or revoked, the license holder typically must resolve the issue that has prompted this event. Upon successful completion, the license will be reinstated. The reinstatement date should be associated with any suspensions/revocations to determine when the license holder could resume operation.

Alerts and Comments

This section may contain any administrative or historical events that the individual has had with the state licensing agency that the individual may need to be aware of. Alerts and comments vary by state.

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