Driving records are details states keep on all licensed drivers in their jurisdictions. Driving records are used to monitor problem drivers and promote public safety.
Yes. Every state keeps different types of information on its drivers.
All states keep driving records of everyone that's received citations or warnings for speeding. Police officers rely on these records to determine whether a driver should receive a citation or only receive a warning. And, traffic court judges rely on these records to determine whether a driver is eligible for a driver remediation program.
The state department of motor vehicles also keeps driving records on every driver who has been convicted of a DUI/DWI. Policies on storing DUI driving records vary from state to state, but they usually show on public records for about ten years.
The DMV also uses driving records to monitor reckless drivers. The DMV and traffic court judges impose harsher sentences on drivers who have been convicted of reckless driving in the past.
Although driving records are primarily kept by the state department of motor vehicles, federal agencies also store certain driving records as well. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other regulatory bodies make sure driving records are available to state DMV offices throughout the country.
The National Driver Registry keeps information on problem drivers. If a driver's license to operate motor vehicles has been suspended, canceled, denied or revoked in any state, the DMV will report him or her to the NDR.
The NDR also tracks drivers who have been cited for particularly serious driving violations that endanger other citizens.
DMV offices also store other relevant information about drivers in their jurisdictions who have shown bad conduct on the road.
Every driver must be issued a license by the DMV to assert their driving privilege. Every driver has a unique driver license ID number on their license. It also provides relevant demographic information, such as their date of birth, height, weight and current residence. A driver's license may also include relevant notes, such as whether they must have corrective lenses to operate a motor vehicle.