How does the problem driver pointer system work to maintain only one driver record per person?

The Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) is a national database by which all states can access a person’s certified driving record. Only one driving record per person exists within the database because cross-checks within the system merge duplicate records. The checks are effective because the information entered includes a person’s social security number, names and aliases, date of birth and, in some cases, a description of the individual.

The purpose of the PDPS is to keep track of drivers who are considered unsuitable for driving privileges, either because they have had their driver’s license suspended, revoked or withdrawn or because they are in the process of being tried for crimes which, if convicted, would result in the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. Before issuing a new license to any driver, states often check the national driving records in the PDPS.

The information in the PDPS is not only available to driver’s license issuers, though; it may be accessed by members of the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and other Federal investigation agencies that are doing background checks on people who are applying for national security positions. The U.S. Coast Guard may also check the PDPS when an individual applies for a commercial boating license.

Frequent driving record checks can ensure that your driving record does not contain any misinformation being reported to the PDPS.

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