Driver’s License Abstract

Last Updated: February 25, 2021

Definition - What does Driver’s License Abstract mean?

A driver’s license abstract, within the context of workplace safety, refers to a summary explanation of a motorist’s driving record. This usually includes the class license, state registration, personal identification, and any traffic violations committed. Some states do not list violations but only license status, such as whether or not the license is suspended. Employers often refer to this information as one element of a background check before finalizing employment.

WorkplaceTesting explains Driver’s License Abstract

A driver’s license abstract is used as a protocol measure by employers to determine whether a candidate applying for a driving position is qualified. This check allows an employer to verify whether or not the potential employee has extensive moving violations. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within each state maintains a database of state records for all motorists, including a chronological history of traffic violations. Employers use this report as a yardstick for deciding whether or not a candidate is a potential liability to the company.

This definition was written in the context of Workplace Safety
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