There is one… And if you’re on it, you may not be able to obtain a driver’s license. Not every driver is on the registry, but if your license has been revoked or suspended, or if you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in any state in the U.S., you are most likely on the National Driver Registry.
You may already be aware of compacts between various U.S. states and Canadian provinces, to share drivers’ information between motor vehicle agencies in the participating states. These have been commonplace since 1960 when Nevada was the first state to join a compact between several western states.
Compacts were used in cases where an out-of-state driver incurred a traffic violation. However, not all states are included in the compacts and there was no centralized registry; records were maintained at the state level, but the participating states responded to inquiries from other compact states, according to the reporting state’s laws, which gave inconsistent results.
Who Maintains the Registry and Who Appears on the Registry?
The National Driver Registry (NDR) is kept and maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each state’s Motor Vehicle Agency (MVA) updates the information.
When you apply for a driver’s license, the prospective MVA is required by federal law to check the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS). Depending on the information received from the PDPS check, the prospective state must investigate with the state that added the information and, based on the prospective state’s laws, may deny the new license.
How Can I Find Out if I’m On It?
If you have a current valid driver’s license, chances are you don’t appear in the PDPS, but not all of the information on the PDPS is current or valid. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, you are authorized to request your own record from the NDR, by submitting a notarized Privacy Act Request, to:
National Driver Register
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. NVS-422
Washington, D.C. 20590
Your request must include the following information in your Privacy Act Request:
- Full Legal Name (required)
- Date of Birth (required)
- State and Driver’s License Number (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
- Social Security Number (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
- Sex (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
- Height (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
- Weight (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
- Eye Color (optional, but helpful to avoid mismatch)
If you find out that you are on the registry, in order to remove or update the record, you must contact the State of Record (SOR), which is the state that added the information, and have it cleared by that state’s MVA. Once updated or corrected by the SOR, the record is then removed from the NDR.
Ticket Busters Can Assist with Your Traffic Violation
While assistance with the NDR is not a service that Ticket Busters performs, we thought it was of interest to all drivers to know what goes on in the background at the federal level. We can help you, though, if you have received a traffic ticket in Clark County. We may be able to help you minimize your risk of a suspended license by having your charges reduced to a parking ticket, and saving you points on your record. If you have received a traffic violation, call us today to discuss your potential case at (702) 666-6666.