Clearing National Driver Register Revocations

The National Driver Register (NDR) is administered and overseen by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of this system is to remove dangerous drivers from the roadways by sharing certain information between states. The law governing the NDR requires state driver licensing officials, such as the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, to submit data on drivers whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been denied, suspended or revoked for cause, or who have been convicted of certain serious traffic related violations, such as DUI.

Although States use the NDR as part of their driver licensing process, it is the responsibility of the individual States to maintain the accuracy of the data submitted to the NDR. The NDR functions as the central repository of the data but cannot make any changes to this data, which is submitted by Motor Vehicle Departments across the country. The States maintain the sole responsibility for the issuance and renewal of all driver licenses; which includes suspension/revocation actions that have been taken against your driver privilege. Reinstatement requirements must be resolved directly with the State which has taken the action against your license.

This means that you must deal with the state where the problem originates and reinstate your right to operate in that state prior to attempting to reinstate here in Massachusetts.