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Beginning January 1, 2007, if you request an out-of-house/public driving record
printout, any DUI offense on your record will appear for 10 years from the violation
Effective January 1, 2007, new legislation extends the reporting period for DUI
offenses from 7 to 10 years for all public requestors, including insurance companies.
The new law allows insurance companies access to the driving record information
to properly apply the new provisions of the Insurance Code established under Senate
Bill 597 (2005), to determine a customer’s eligibility for a good driver discount.
Based on the new laws, drivers with a DUI violation occurring within the past 10
years are not entitled to receive a good driver discount.
Yes, based on the new law, your DUI offense will appear back on your driving record
and will remain there until June 2009, 10 years from the violation date.
Unfortunately, no. Under the new law, you may not qualify for a good driver discount
again until 2008, 10 years from the date of your DUI violation. You may want to
contact your insurance representative if you have additional questions regarding
your insurance premiums.
A. Yes, a DUI offense that occurred more than 10 years ago will not appear on your
out-of-house/public driving record.
No, a DUI violation that is already more than 10 years old will not reappear on
your driving record.
Under the new law, any DUI violation under California Vehicle Code sections 23140,
23152, or 23153 will report for 10 years. There are some other non-DUI violations
(e.g. 23103.5 “wet” reckless) that will report to courts and law enforcement for
10 years and may count against you for the purpose of determining increased penalties
for repeat offenders, but will continue to show on a public driving record for only
The department is not discriminating against individuals with DUI offenses. It is
implementing legislation that is intended to discourage DUIs by increasing the time-period
that an offense remains on an individual’s driving record.
No, the 10-year reporting period applies to all non-commercial drivers, even those
who maintain a clean driving record thereafter.
It will be up to your insurance company to correctly apply the provisions of the
Insurance Code and make decisions regarding your policy based on specific entries
on your driving record. They may modify your existing policy, offer you a new policy
that does not include a good driver discount, or cancel your policy completely.
Check with your insurance company representative if you have specific questions
related to your eligibility for a good driver discount.
Effective January 1, 2007, your DUI will again report on your driving record since
it occurred within the past 10 years. The department’s EPN program automatically
generates and mails a driver record to the employer for newly enrolled drivers,
or upon any action or activity updated to the record, or annually for currently
Although employers will not automatically be notified of a DUI that reappears on
a driving record when the new law takes effect on January 1, 2007, the DUI violation
will appear on the next printout DMV provides to your employer.
It will be up to your employer to determine if the DUI will affect your employment.
You may want to discuss your concerns with your employer.
The new law pertains only to non-commercial drivers. Due to federal requirements
established under the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA), the
reporting period for DUI violations is different for commercial drivers.
For example, a conviction for a major violation committed in a commercial vehicle
(e.g. DUI) will be retained for a period of 55 years on a CDL record, as will a
driver license suspension or any withdrawal action.
If your insurance policy is cancelled for any reason, you need to get new insurance
right away, since it is illegal to own or operate a vehicle without liability insurance
in California. You may want to check with your own insurance company before going
to another company; they may offer you a policy without a good driver discount.
Current law requires your insurance company to electronically report your insurance
information to DMV. Once your insurance company notifies the department that your
policy has been cancelled, you will receive a notice indicating that your vehicle
registration will be suspended if new insurance information is not submitted within
In addition to proof of insurance for registration, if you are required to maintain
a California Insurance Proof Certificate (SR 22) for your driver license, you will
need to have your new insurance company file a new SR 22 with DMV immediately to
avoid the suspension of your driver license based on the cancellation of your insurance
If necessary, individuals unable to obtain insurance through their regular insurance
company may have any agent or broker make an application to the California Automobile
Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP). You may contact CAARP directly by calling 1-800-622-0954.
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