What is the National Driver Register (NDR)?

National Driver Register (NDR) – is a computerized database of information about United States drivers who have had their driver’s licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations, such as driving under the influence or drugs or alcohol.

The NDR system provides a central indicator of the location of information on individuals whose privilege to drive has been revoked, suspended, canceled, or denied or who have been convicted of serious traffic-related offenses. NHTSA maintains limited information in the NDR: names, dates of birth, driver license numbers, and sex of drivers on whom a State or the District of Columbia has driver records, but not the content of the driver record; all that an inquiry to the NDR does is indicate whether a State or the District of Columbia has a record on an individual matching the individual who is the subject of the inquiry, and, if so, which one(s). State driver licensing officials use NDR data when determining whether to issue a driver license.

In addition, the NDR is queried by other authorized users (Federal and non-Federal employers or prospective employers of motor vehicle operators, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airman medical certification, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and railroads for locomotive operators, Coast Guard for merchant mariners and servicemen, air carriers for pilot applicants, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in connection with accident investigations).

The NDR system contains both Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and non-personally identifiable information pertaining to drivers. For an individual’s PII to be included in NDR, that individual’s driving privilege must have been revoked, suspended, canceled, or denied; or the individual must have been convicted of one or more serious traffic-related offenses. The PII that the reporting jurisdictions send to NDR is reporting jurisdiction, individual’s full name, other names used, date of birth, sex, and driver license number. Additional PII that may be sent by the reporting jurisdiction is social security number, height, weight, and eye color.

The NDR collects PII in order to provide State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs), FAA, FRA, and air carriers and other employers with centralized access to information on problem drivers. States use this information to make driver license issuance decisions. Other authorized users use this information to obtain an individual’s driver history from a State to determine suitability for employment as operator of a motor vehicle or other transportation vehicle.

The NDR system is not network-connected to any other system or group of systems within DOT, State DMVs have access to the NDR system through the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) telecommunications network. AAMVA maintains access and security control to its network. State DMVs maintain access and security controls to their own systems. State DMV users can submit an inquiry on an individual, receiving back from NDR information on possible matches that includes all available PII in the NDR system. DMVs use this PII to determine the match and grant or refuse a driver’s license based on this information.

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