Do outstanding warrants appear on my driving record?

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In most states, outstanding warrants appear on your state driving record. When you apply for a new license, your state DMV will check your record and deny you a license if you do have outstanding warrants for your arrest. 

Your national driving records will contain warrant information, because states participate in the database program to prevent unsafe drivers from acquiring driver’s licenses in more than one state. Warrants for any reason – including unpaid child support, traffic violations or missing court dates – are reported on your national driving records.

Sometimes outstanding warrants are not recorded on your state driving record, but if they are related to unpaid tickets, severe traffic violations or DUIs, they almost certainly will be. Often when a person has an outstanding warrant, the court automatically suspends their driver’s license – and that will definitely appear on your personal driving record.

You can check your driving record online as a roundabout way to see if you have outstanding warrants; if your license is suspended and you discover that your record contains several traffic infractions, you may have a warrant out for your arrest. Contacting your local police department or searching their Web site may help you determine if you do have a warrant and can guide you in the right direction to solve the issue.

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