What is the DMV employer pull notice (EPN) program?

The Employer Pull Notice (EPN) program is a program created by the California DMV nearly 30 years ago to help ensure safe driving records for employees in jobs for which driving is a crucial component, such as law enforcement professionals, firefighters and emergency services personnel and limousine drivers. As the program began to meet with success, the employers making use of the program expanded to include commercial truck drivers and those who provide transport for passengers or cargo.

If you are applying for a job in California that requires heavy driving, there is a good chance that you will be subject to the EPN program. Under the EPN program, an EPN driver record is automatically generated for every employee hired by an employer who participates in the program. Any time there is any action on the record (e.g. a conviction, failure to appear, accident or driver’s license withdrawal), it is recorded and the employer is immediately notified.

Because your driving record will be automatically sent to your new employer if they participate in the program, you may wish to request your driving record yourself prior to employment to prepare yourself for any questions the employer might ask. To do this, you can go through the DMV, or for a simpler method, go online to a DMV records site and provide your name and the state for which you need the record, along with any other basic information they require. Submit it, and you can receive the option to access your record instantly online. Try to get the most complete record you can, dating back ten years. Although most requesters will only get the last three years of information, it never hurts to know what is on the entire record.

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