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The National Driver Register (NDR)


The NDR is a database of information about drivers maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is similar to but distinct from the Driver’s License Compact among the states.

The NDR maintains records of licensees of all 50 states who have had their licenses revoked, suspended, or have been convicted of serious traffic violations such as DWI.

Under federal law, State DMV’s are required to transfer identification information on all revocations, suspensions, and license denials within 31 days of receipt of the convictions from the courts. State and federal driver licensing officials, The U.S. Coast Guard, Air carriers (they are REQUIRED to search the NDR prior to hiring pilots), federal agencies, and the National Transportation Safety Board all have access to review NDR records. Further, employers and prospective employers may review NDR records for employees or to do driving history background checks on prospective employees.

Upon receipt of a query, the NDR matches personal identification information submitted by the requester against information in the system for a probable match from one or more states. Matching algorithms uses name, date of birth, and sex. Social Security Numbers are only used as a supplemental form of identification.

Checking your records with the National Driver’s Registry

Often the NDR records are inaccurate. You as an Individual are entitled to request an NDR file search to see if you have a record in the NDR database. The request is made by sending a notarized letter, referred to as a “privacy act request,” to the NDR indicating that you would like an NDR file check. Requests are sent to to the National Driver Register, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590. Include your full legal name, DOB, State and Driver License Number, Sex, Height, Weight, and Eye Color (security number is optional). There is no charge for this service.

It is the responsibility of the State to maintain the accuracy of the data submitted to the NDR, not the NDR which only functions as the repository of the data. Consequently, the NDR cannot change the data. Remediation must be resolved directly with the State which has taken the action against the license.

As always, if you need professional assistance with requesting records with the NDR, or remediating in accurate records or reports, you can always contact our law office to retain our services.

The author is the founder of and is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Vermont. He can be reached at 1-877-99-NO-TIX (1-877-996-6849) and handles speeding and traffic ticket defense cases anywhere in the aforementioned jurisdictions.

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