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What is the DMV check?

Outdoorsy works hard to ensure that all members are safe, insured, and qualified to drive.

To provide insurance, we have to confirm identity and driving history. We run DMV background checks across the 50 U.S. states, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as over 100 international countries for international renters. Anyone who wants to be insured, list or rent a vehicle on Outdoorsy has to complete a DMV background check. If a renter is not approved, the booking will not qualify for Outdoorsy’s liability insurance coverage.

For domestic requests, the background check takes only a few minutes. For international requests, it takes between 24 and 36 hours.


Outdoorsy has established specific criteria in the DMV databases to report a “pass” or “fail” for every member checked.

A “fail” means you don’t qualify for insurance through Outdoorsy. Reasons for failure include:

  • A DUI or a suspended license
  • Any user who has had more than two speeding citations (over 20 mph above the legal speed limit) over the last 12 months

A “pass” means:

  • You are covered by our liability policy and are free to rent vehicles on Outdoorsy

DMV checks are re-administered every year to ensure up-to-date records for our underwriter and to best protect our vehicle owners. Driving histories are kept strictly confidential. RV owners are only informed of a “pass” or “fail”.


International renters must provide a valid passport number and an International Driver’s Permit, commonly known as an IDP. In most European countries, an IDP is easy to obtain in less than a day. Contact your local motor vehicle office rules for instructions.

OFAC Compliance: In some locales, Outdoorsy must comply with The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This agency administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States. OFAC acts under Presidential national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze assets under U.S. jurisdiction. Outdoorsy will not allow listers or renters on the site who are from countries where sanctions are in place. Outdoorsy cooperates with The United Nations and other international mandates, and works in close cooperation with allied governments.