How to Read an Abstract of Driving Record

An Abstract of Driving Record (ADR) is the printout of your driving record as maintained by the Washington State Department of Licensing. When you go to your local DMV and ask for a copy of your driving record, this is the document that you get. Once you get your ADR, how can you tell what in the world it says?

The Department of Licensing put out a “key” to reading the ADR in 2006. Perhaps not surprisingly, this document is very difficult to locate. I’ve put a copy on my website in the WebResources section. The most difficult part in understanding the ADR is the Department’s use of abbreviations. For example, a reference to “Non Ext” after conviction for an offense requiring additional license suspension, like a second degree driving while license suspension charge, means that there will be no re-suspension of the driver’s license. It actually stands for “Non Extension of suspension” but that definition, in itself, is confusing.

The ADR is broken into sections. From top to bottom, they are:

  1. Certification. The Department certifies that information on the ADR is a “true and correct” copy.
  2. Driver’s Information. In this section will be the driver’s name, address, licensing status (clear, suspended, or provisional) of both personal and commercial licenses. If an alcohol assessment or proof of treatment is required, it will show in this section.
  3. Restrictions. Requirements to wear corrective lenses, limits on the number of passengers or limitations on time of day, are listed in this section. It also shows whether or not a reissue fee is required. Any area and equipment requirements for vehicles driven will be shown here.
  4. Current Citations. These records are broken into columns. From left to right, here’s what the information in those columns mean:

    1. An asterisk (*) indicates this is a current citation. A “C” next to it means that a commercial vehicle was involved. An “H” next to it means that hazardous materials were involved.
    2. Date of the Violation.
    3. Description of the violation.
    4. Date on which a Failure To Appear (FTA), Conviction, or Finding was entered on the violation.
    5. A “J” indicates that jail time was imposed. A “V” indicates that there was a juvenile involved.
    6. Type of Court when the driver appeared for conviction or finding. “D” means District Court. “M” means Municipal Court. “F” means Federal Court. “S” means Superior Court. “J” means Juvenile Court. “B” means Violation Bureau.
    7. The county code for the Court involved.
    8. Citation or Cause Number for violation.
  5. Collisions. This section is also broken into columns.  From left to right, here’s what the information in those columns mean:
    1. “L” indicates that a letter was sent to the driver for uninsured collision.
    2. Date of the collision.
    3. Type of collision the driver was involved with.
    4. Number of vehicles involved in the collision.
    5. Number of injuries involved in the collision.
    6. Number of fatalities involved in the collision.
    7. If uninsured collision – case number for reference of the collision.
  6. Administrative Action. This section is also broken into columns. From left to right, here’s what the information in those columns mean:
    1. Date of the administrative action taken.
    2. Type of administrative action taken. This section uses 12 abbreviations: “REV” means revoked. “REL” means released. “SUSP” means suspended. “REIN” means reinstated. “PROB” means probation. “VIOL” means violation. “CMP” means compliance. “STAY” means stayed action. “CANC” means canceled. “DISQ” means disqualified. “ODL” means occupational. Finally, if there is just a blank it means no action.
    3. Field in which administrative action was taken. This is for internal Department of Licensing use only.
    4. Description of action taken.
    5. Release date of administrative action.
    6. Date driver is eligible to reinstate on administrative action.
    7. Date of violation of administrative action.
    8. DUI conviction – Display of BAC reading, if available.
    9. Number of days given to driver for credit for time served on same violation if DUI conviction/admin per se.

Source by Craig Cahoon

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