Can Employers Get Driving Records?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about employers access to driving records:

Do employers have access to driving records? My son has had 2 DUIs. It has been 3 yrs since this happened and he has a valid Drivers license. Can an employer hold this against him if the position does not require him to drive for the company? Please let me know. Many thanks

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

I’m sorry that we can’t give you a clear and certain answer. We focus on workplace communications and this involves HR issues as well as state requirements. In most states your son would need to sign a release for the employer to get his driving records. If that happens, at least he has some warning of what will be looked at. The DUIs are considered criminal records in some states, but not all. Thus, they might show up on a criminal record even if an employer didn’t check a driving record. However, according to the nature of the job this might not be something that would bar hiring anyway. That is particularly true if you son presents himself in a way that looks well groomed, committed to doing well and if his demeanor is mature and businesslike no matter what the nature of the job.

If I were you I’d contact the state motor vehicle department for your specific state, either by email or phone call, and ask your question. Your son should always be prepared to respond to questions about those DUIs, just in case. Hopefully he will be able to say it was a very bad time in his life and he has completely changed the circumstances that led to those arrests.Best wishes to you and him!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.