Excerpts from AME Guide
The National Driver Register (NDR) is a computerized database of information about U.S. drivers. It contains records on those who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations (e.g., driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs). Pilots applying more medical certificates must allow the FAA to query the NDR database.
State motor vehicle agencies provide NDR with the names of individuals who have lost their privilege or who have been convicted of a serious traffic violation. When a person applies for a driver's license the state checks to see if the name is on the NDR file. If a person has been reported to the NDR as a problem driver, the license may be denied. You can see your own record by completing this form and mailing it to Washington, DC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Traffic Violations
Where do I send my DUI Notification Letter (MS Word) ?
Send the letter to:
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Security and Investigations Division (AMC-700)
P.O. Box 25810
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Fax to (405) 954-4989
Do I have to report anything other than alcohol-related convictions?
Yes, under 14 CFR Part 61, you must report alcohol-related administrative actions, whether a conviction took place or not. Administrative actions and convictions are also reportable under Part 67, the airman application for a medical certificate.
If the charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is reduced to Reckless, Careless, or Negligent driving by the court, do I have to report it?
No, we do not consider a conviction for Reckless, Careless, or Negligent Driving a reportable motor vehicle action (MVA). However, you must report the first suspension, if any.
How long do I have to report my alcohol-related motor vehicle action (MVA)?
You have 60 days from the effective date of the administrative action (driver license suspension, revocation, or cancellation) or conviction. (The 60-day period does not begin with the arrest date.)
When you report an alcohol-related MVA we:
- Compile a case file
- Verify your airman status
- Get your driver history from the state that holds the record
- Compare information from the Notification Letter to the information on your driver history
- You are not in violation of 61.15(d) (two MVAs within three years)
- You disclosed the action on your Application for Airman Medical (if applicable)
- You comply with 14 CFR 61.15(e) (Notification Letter)
I received an alcohol-related MVA, but failed to report it within the 60 days. What should I do?
Report the MVA as soon as you become aware of the reporting requirement. A written report received after 60 days, but before we discover the MVA, is normally considered a mitigating factor when determining sanction.
What happens if I fail to report an alcohol-related MVA and FAA finds out about it?
FAA begins a formal investigation. We will send you a Letter of Investigation giving you the opportunity to respond, in writing, to the alleged violation(s).
Will FAA discover that I have an alcohol-related MVA if I don't report it?
Yes, FAA Form 8500-8 "Application for Airmen Medical" contains an express consent provision which authorizes the National Driver Register (NDR) to release information about your driving record to FAA. Information on the NDR record will contain pointers to states that keep a driving history on you. FAA will get these records to determine if you have a reportable alcohol-related MVA.
Who has access to the records kept by the DUI/DWI Compliance Program?
Only investigators assigned to the DUI/DWI program have access to the information files.
I have more questions. How can I contact your office for more information?
You may contact a DUI/DWI investigator Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT at (405) 954-4848. Please Note: You must send a written notification of your alcohol-related MVA. You may not give this information by telephone.
The following groups are authorized to receive information from the NDR (the first two are most relevant for pilots):
- Air carriers for pilot applicants
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airmen medical certification.
- Any individual under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974.
- State and federal driver's license officials.
- Current or prospective employers of motor vehicles operators.
- Federal Railroad Administration and employers of railroad engineers.
- U.S. Coast Guard for merchant mariner certification.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
- Federal Highway Administration for accident Investigations.
Air Carriers for Pilot Applicants
The Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 requires an air carrier, before hiring an individual as a pilot, to request, with the individual's written consent, the Chief Driver licensing official of a state to perform a National Driver Register (NDR) file check. Any information you receive from the NDR should be made available to the employee. If you receive information from the NDR indicating that an individual is on file you will be provided with the name of the state, the address and telephone number in order to request a copy of the driver record to verify that it is the same individual. Information on the NDR file that was reported by the states during the past 5-years and any withdrawal action still in effect will be disclosed.
Individuals are entitled, under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, to request a file search to see if a record exists on the NDR. The individual request form should be downloaded, completed, notarized, and mailed to the NDR. REQUESTS CANNOT BE FAXED. The form can also be taken to the local motor vehicle agency and, for a small fee, they will send your request to NDR. In either case, NDR will send a response directly to the individual.