10 Things to Watch for on Your Driving Record
November 25, 2011 | in Background Check
A drivers license is a treasure trove of valuable information, and the license represents a drivers record that can hold the keys that allow or bar many personal and business activities. People that you do business with or want to do business with may utilize information available on your driving record to assess your suitability for a job or contract. An un-addressed teen-age speeding ticket that you got four-states away can come back years later to haunt you in a very expensive fashion. Sometimes a driving record can contain incorrect or misleading information, but that is what any inquiring employer will find there. It would be prudent to check your own record occasionally to ensure that the record is correct. Here are a few items you may need to address or be aware of.
- Correct DOB – Make sure that the information that shows on your physical license is correct, including such things as date-of-birth, Social Security Number (many states have stopped showing the SSN) and license number.
- Tickets – Traffic tickets can wreak havoc on your driving record. If offenses aren’t dealt with, drivers can have their licenses suspended or revoked. Sometimes classes are offered where violators can attend and get some incidents removed from their record.
- Out-of-State Tickets – It can be easy to forget about a parking ticket if you got one thousands of miles from home. Unfortunately, almost every jurisdiction in the country is short on funds, and collecting on fines is one way to garner some of that revenue.
- Donor – If you are an organ donor, most states will put a red heart on the license to designate the status. There are some things you need to be aware of when you decide to become an organ donor, so check with your licensing agency regarding local policies.
- Deadlines – Don’t lose track of expiration dates, and keep tabs on any legal changes in DMV that might affect your license.
- Insurance – Drivers need to have insurance, and insurance companies need access to accurate driving records in order to determine coverage and rates.
- Identity Theft – There is a lot of information on a drivers license, and it is important for people to keep track of its whereabouts. Identity thieves don’t need any extra help to perpetrate their crimes.
- Brownie Points – Sometimes a good driving record can translate into lower insurance rates. If your insurance carrier rewards good drivers, make sure they are aware of your record.
- Endorsements – Make sure that any endorsements, such as commercial licenses, licenses to haul hazardous materials and the like do show up on the license, and at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Restrictions – If you have restrictions, such as needing prescription glasses to drive, or not being able to drive at night, these items should be noted on the license and on your driving record.
Your driving record is something that can stick to you like Gorilla glue. You have to take care that what becomes attached to you is what should be attached to you.← 10 Justifications for Your Nanny Having a Criminal Record | 10 Reasons You Should Run a Background Check on Yourself →
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