Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)

The Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) allows jurisdictions and other organizations to search the National Driver Register (NDR) data. The NDR is a repository of information on problem drivers provided by all 51 U.S. jurisdictions. Based on information received as a result of an NDR search, PDPS "points" the inquiring jurisdiction to the state of record (SOR), where an individual's driver status and history information is stored. Based on the information received from the SOR, the issuing state decides if the applicant is eligible to receive a new or renewed driver license.

PDPS is developed and maintained by the National Driver Register organization, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  

Participants


Jurisdictions who participate in PDPS are identified on the IT systems participation map

Scheduled Maintenance


For when scheduled maintenance on PDPS will occur, please visit here.

System Notice


The National Driver Register conducts a Cleanfile each quarter. The current Cleanfile information is below. The next Cleanfile will be run on June 12, 2022 and information will be updated when we receive it from NDR.

  • Current effective date: March 15, 2022
  • Email NDR by: June 1, 2021
  • Send file to NDR by: June 8, 2021

Cleanfile is an optional process. It is a means for jurisdictions to refresh the pointers it has on PDPS. NDR replaces all pointers on the PDPS file with the Cleanfile set of pointers sent by the jurisdiction. For a pointer to be included in the Cleanfile, the associated record in the jurisdiction must contain a conviction or withdrawal specified in 23 CFR Part 1327 section 1327.5 (a) or in Appendix A to that rule.

To participate in the current Cleanfile, please email NDR and send in your file by the dates noted above.

Cleanfiles must be submitted via Secure FTP or FTP. Please schedule a test of SFTP/FTP connectivity with NDR before attempting to send the full Cleanfile.

If you plan to participate in this Cleanfile or if you have any questions please contact the NDR office by sending an e-mail to NDR_Operations@dot.gov.

Webinars and Training


AAMVA offers informational webinars and training courses related to PDPS. Visit our Webinars and Training page to see all systems learning opportunities or here to see a prefiltered list for PDPS.

Rates


PDPS is currently supported by a cooperative agreement between AAMVA and NHTSA. Therefore participation in the PDPS system is free of charge for jurisdictions at this time.

Documentation


PDPS documentation is available below to jurisdiction and federal members only.

file - 02/28/2022

PDPS System Specification 2.0.9

PDPS System Specification 2.0.9

file - 01/01/2021

PDPS State Procedures Manual 3.1.1

PDPS State Procedures Manual 3.1.1

file - 03/23/2020

PDPS045 - Corrections to PD01 and PD02 Descriptions

PDPS045 - Corrections to PD01 and PD02 Descriptions

file - 11/04/2019

PDPS041 - Update DDVDOB Optionality in U3

PDPS041 - Update DDVDOB Optionality in U3

file - 08/07/2019

PDPS039 - Modify Gender Code Description

PDPS039 - Modify Gender Code Description

file - 05/23/2019

PDPS031 - Change Term Accident by Crash in PDPS Documentation

PDPS031 - Change Term Accident by Crash in PDPS Documentation

file - 11/01/2018

PDPS030 - Remove PDPS Transactions PD21 and PD22

PDPS030 - Remove PDPS Transactions PD21 and PD22

file - 09/01/2018

PDPS023 - Register for Registry Correction

PDPS023 - Register for Registry Correction

file - 05/01/2018

PDPS025 - NHTSA Authority to Delete PDPS Pointers

PDPS025 - NHTSA Authority to Delete PDPS Pointers

file - 05/01/2018

PDPS022 - PD05 Transaction Documentation Revision

PDPS022 - PD05 Transaction Documentation Revision

file - 12/05/2017

PDPS020 - Not the Same Person Letter Standard

PDPS020 - Not the Same Person Letter Standard

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