License Suspended? Maybe you can get a Colorado License.

COLOARDO_NDR_DUIThe National Driver Register (NDR) contains central database called the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS), which contains information on drivers who have had their licenses or right to drive suspended or revoked for offenses such as drunk driving. This system is supposed to prevent a driver whose license is revoked in one state from obtaining a license in another state. However, it does not always work as intended.

For example, I just learned of a case where a woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in her being convicted of Operating Under the Influence, 3rd offense and operating so as to endanger.  The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles correctly suspended her driver’s license for 60 days for negligent operation and 8 years for 3rd offense OUI. I am sure that the Registry also sent this information to the National Driver Register. However, the woman applied for and obtained a valid Colorado Driver’s License with the exact same name and date of birth that is on file with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In this case the system did not work as intended. The woman should have been denied a driver’s license in Colorado on the grounds that her license was revoked for 8 years in Massachusetts. Apparently the Colorado DMV did not check the NDR Problem Driver Pointer System or the Colorado DMV overrode the NDR indefinite block.

I suppose this case shows that if your license is suspended for DUI or some other reason in your home state, you might be able to get a Colorado Driver’s License. This circumvents the intent of the NDR, which is to prevent drivers whose licenses are revoked in one state from getting licensed in other states. This prohibition is based on the premise that a dangerous driver should not be able to circumvent a license suspension by applying for a driver’s license elsewhere.