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How your Driving Record is used

Three entities commonly make decisions that affect your life you based on what’s on your California driving record: the DMV, insurance companies, and employers. The DMV uses the information to track your driving history as part of its Negligent Operator Program. For every minor violation, you are assigned one negligent operator point against your license. For major violations and at-fault accidents, you are assigned 2 points. When these driving points begin to add up, the DMV takes notice. If you get a certain number of points within a certain period of time, your license may be suspended. The following driving point levels will result in a temporary suspension of your driving privileges for 6 months and a 1 year probationary period during which you must keep your record clean to avoid further sanctions: 


  • 4 points on your driver record within 12 months
  • 6 points on your driver record within 24 months
  • 8 points on your driver record within 36 months 

Employers can use your California driving record to decide whether to hire or fire you, particularly if your job involves driving a commercial vehicle. In fact, if your job requires you to have a class A, B, or C commercial license or you drive people as part of a charter service, your boss is required to enroll you in California's Employer Pull Notice (EPN) program.  The EPN program monitors your California driving record and automatically sends a new copy to your boss once a year. Your employer will also automatically receive a copy of your California driving record whenever you have an accident, conviction, failure to appear, suspension/revocation, or have any other action taken against your driving privileges. Even if you don't drive for a living, your boss may request your MVR if you have a company car, because a car is a large investment that they want to protect.

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