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How to Get Removed From the National Driver Register

The National Driver Register (NDR) is a repository of information about people who have had their license suspended or revoked by a state or other jurisdiction. If your name appears on the NDR, you may not be able to obtain or retain a drivers' license in certain states until your record is cleared or removed from the NDR system. Understanding what must be done to get off of the NDR and how to guard against being listed can help keep your driving record clean.

What is the National Driver Register?

The National Driver Register is a database of records maintained by the US Department of Transportation. It includes information on individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked in any jurisdiction; those who have been involved in serious traffic violations, such as driving while intoxicated; and those with multiple incidents on their record, often referred to as 'repeat offenders.' The NDR's primary function is to prevent drivers from taking license exams and obtaining driver's licenses in different states without revealing their driving history.

Understanding the Grounds for Removal from the NDR

You may be removed from the NDR under two conditions: when a state rescinds any prior action or restriction on your license, or when it is verified that the information was entered in error. The National Driver Register does not remove individuals from its records unless there is proof that the suspension or revocation of your privileges has been resolved, that the information was incorrect, or that any other required conditions are met.

How to Request a Record from Your State's DMV

To request a record of your driving history from your state's motor vehicle department, you will often need to fill out a state-specific request form and submit it with the required fee. Once the DMV has reviewed your request and approved it, they will send you a copy of your driver history report. This report includes any suspensions or revocations that may be listed on the NDR. You can then use this information when filing an application for removal from the NDR.

Filing an Appeal with Your State DMV

Depending on the reason for your suspension or revocation, you may be able to appeal your NDR listing with the DMV. To do this, you must provide additional information, evidence, or documentation relevant to your situation in order to overturn the previous decision. This information can range from medical history and accident reports to letters of recommendation and employment contracts. The state DMV will review your filing and make a determination if they believe removal is justified based on the new information provided.

Steps to Successfully Remove Yourself from the National Driver Register

Once you have gathered your relevant information and evidence, the next step is to file a petition with the DMV. You can create an online or mail petition using your state's specific forms. Your petition should include a detailed explanation of why you believe your name should be removed from the National Driver Register, as well as any supporting documents you have to offer. Be sure to check that all portions of the application are completed accurately in order for it to be processed properly. Upon completion of your filing, follow up with the DMV periodically if you do not hear from them after six weeks.

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