Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)
Revised December 8, 2017
AAMVA Information Systems
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) maintains a number of information systems facilitating the electronic exchange of information between jurisdictions. These include:
- CDLIS (Commercial Driver License Information System),
- CSTIMS (Commercial Skills Test Information Management System),
- SSOLV (Social Security Online Verification) and
- PDPS (Problem Driver Pointer System).
The Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)
The Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) is used to search the National Driver Register (NDR), a repository of information on problem drivers provided by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
PDPS “points” us to the jurisdiction(s) where an individual’s driver status and history information is stored. Based on the information received, we must then decide whether the applicant is eligible to receive a New Mexico driver’s license.
For both non-commercial and commercial (CDL) license applications
If information returned from the PDPS inquiry does not match the driver’s information exactly, proceed as follows:
- If name, date of birth, and social security number match, this is considered a “match” – do not process license.
- If name and date of birth match, but not social security number, this is considered a “no match” – license may be processed.
- If name and date of birth match exactly, but no social is presented in response information, this is considered a “match” – do not process license.
- If name matches, but not date of birth or social security number, this is considered “no match” – license may be processed.
PDPS status codes
|NOT||Driver is licensed in that state and is NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for a license in another state.||NOT ELIGIBLE|
|LIC||Driver is licensed in that state. Driver is able to apply to be licensed in another state.||ELIGIBLE|
|ELG||Driver was licensed in this state. Driver is able to apply for a license in another state.||ELIGIBLE|
|OTH||Driver has something pending on his driving record.||NOT ELIGIBLE|
|RPD||The driver you are inquiring about has been reported deceased in that state.||NOT ELIGIBLE|
NOTE: If the applicant is not eligible for issuance of a driver’s license, print the report and give it to them. Explain that the reporting state or states must clear the National Database before we can issue a license. PDPS letters from another state do not expire.
If an applicant has been provided a letter by another state indicating the PDPS record is not affiliated to their identity, we will accept the letter no matter what the issuance date of the letter.