Driving Record Requirements for Public Passenger Endorsement

What you need to know to apply for and maintain a PPE and acceptable driving record

Driving Record Requirements for Public Passenger Endorsement

What you need to know to apply for and maintain a PPE and acceptable driving record
Note:

Effective July 26, 2021, all Public Passenger Endorsement (PPE) applicants will be required to pre-enroll online prior to being fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

 


STEP 1: Determine if you are eligible

  • A valid Connecticut driver’s license is required. “S", "V", "A” applicants need at least 3 years of consecutive driving experience when applying for endorsement.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or 21 if the vehicle you will be driving is a commercial motor vehicle. (If driving a commercial motor vehicle you must have a commercial driver's license (CDL). Please see CDL testing requirements).
  • Have acceptable driving record.
  • Possess good moral character.
  • Pass a criminal record background check.
  • Must be subject to medical review and meet the physical requirements outlined on the medical examination form as required per 49 CFR 391.41-391.49.

STEP 2: Complete the following documentation

  • Application for Public Passenger Endorsement (R-7).  
  • Medical Exam Form (MCSA-5876):  This form must be completed by an authorized medical examiner and must be dated within the last 90 days. This form must be submitted online to https://cdlmedcert.ct.gov/ 
  • A sex offender check through the national sex offender database. Website address: (If there are AKA's (other names used), all names must be run). The check submitted must have a date stamp from the printer it is printed from and must be within (5) days of the date of application.
  • FBI & Non-Criminal Justice Privacy Statements Signed (both are required)
  • Connecticut resident less than 5 years: Must present a CERTIFIED driving and criminal history from each state you have lived in the past five (5) years. (AZ, CA, MS, NC, TN and VT are CLOSED record states and will only be required to submit a certified driving history. Find your state and phone number to call here.
  • S, V and A applicants only:  Complete the Authorization for DCF CPS Background Check (form DCF-3031) and submit with all other documents directly to DMV.

 

STEP 3: Submit Application

  • Mail or drop-off all completed documents (R-7 form, MCSA-5876, sex offender check, FBI & Non-Criminal Justice Privacy forms signed and dated, a copy of Connecticut driver's license, DCF 3031 (S, V & A applicants) and, if applicable, certified driving and criminal histories) to:

    Mail to:
    Department of Motor Vehicles

    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161
    Attention: Public Passenger Endorsement Review Unit

  • Drop off to:
    Applications can be dropped off at the DMV Office in Wethersfield (same as mailing address). The office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  There is a drop box near the main entrance. Applications will not be accepted at other DMV offices.

 

STEP 4: Fingerprinting
All applicants need to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Upon receipt of application R7 and supporting documents, including both signed privacy statements, you will receive an email with a service code to pre-enroll for fingerprinting online using the link below. There will be a processing fee of $88.25 payable by credit card at that time.

To pre-enroll for fingerprinting for the criminal background check, please use this link:
 
The following link will provide a list of locations and phones numbers for live scan printing. Please call the location prior to your visit as hours and schedules may vary.

https://portal.ct.gov/DESPP/Division-of-State-Police/_old/Connecticut-State-Police-Troops-and-Districts

All prints will be submitted electronically (live scan) or hard copies with ink must be mailed with your Applicant Tracking Number directly to:
 
DESPP
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT 06437

Maintaining an acceptable driving record

Violations withdrawal period for Public Passenger Endorsement


List of convictions that result in a five-year withdrawal

Statute

Definition

Period of Withdrawal

14-111n

Driving while under the influence (conviction out of state)

Five years from conviction date

14-111n

Second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle (conviction out of state)

Five years from conviction date

14-111n

Evading responsibility (conviction out of state)

Five years from conviction date

14-224(a)

Evading responsibility

Five years from conviction date

14-224(b)

Evading responsibility (serious injury)

Five years from conviction date

14-227a

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Five years from conviction date

14-227b

Implied consent to test driver's blood, breath, or urine

Five years from conviction date

53a-56b

Second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle

Five years from conviction date

53a-60d

Assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle

Five years from conviction date

14-111n

Assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle (conviction out of state)

Five years from conviction date

14-227b

Refusal of chemical test (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

Refusal of chemical test outside of Connecticut (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

Failure of chemical test - BAC above .02 - Driver under age 21 (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

Failure of chemical test - BAC above .02 - Driver under age 21 outside of Connecticut (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

Failure of chemical test - BAC above .08 - Driver age 21 or older - (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

Failure of chemical Test - BAC above .08 - Driver age 21 or Older outside of Connecticut (administrative suspension)

Five years from conviction date

*BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration

List of convictions that result in a three-year withdrawal

Statute

Definition

Period of Withdrawal

14-215

Driving while license withdrawn

Three years from conviction date

14-215

Driving while license suspended

Three years from conviction date

14-222

Reckless driving

Three years from conviction date

14-222a

Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle

Three years from conviction date

*BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration

List of convictions that lead to a two-year withdrawal

Statute

Definition

Period of Withdrawal

14-218

Traveling unreasonably fast

Two years from conviction date

14-219

Speeding

Two years from conviction date

14-223(a)

Disobeying orders of an officer

Two years from conviction date

14-224(c)

Wagering, speed record (i.e., racing)

Two years from conviction date

14-231

Failure to keep right when meeting opposing traffic

Two years from conviction date

14-232

Improper passing failure to yield right of way to overtaking vehicle

Two years from conviction date

14-233

Passing on wrong side

Two years from conviction date

14-234

Passing in violation or posted sign or pavement marking

Two years from conviction date

14-235

Failure to keep in proper lane

Two years from conviction date

14-237

Driving wrong way on divided highway

Two years from conviction date

14-238

Improper lane or location - entrance/exit ramp or way

Two years from conviction date

14-238(a)

Improper lane or location - entrance/exit ramp or way

Two years from conviction date

14-239(a)

Driving wrong way

Two years from conviction date

14-239(b)

Driving wrong way at rotary/roundabout/circular intersection

Two years from conviction date

14-240

Failure to drive reasonable distance apart

Two years from conviction date

14-240a

Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass

Two years from conviction date

14-241

Improper turn

Two years from conviction date

14-242

Failure to yield right of way to cyclist, failure to yield right of way when turning, failure to use or improper signal, unsafe operation

Two years from conviction date

14-243

Improper backing, unsafe backing

Two years from conviction date

14-244

Failure to use or improper signal

Two years from conviction date

14-245

Failure to yield right of way

Two years from conviction date

14-246a

Failure to yield right of way

Two years from conviction date

14-247

Failure to yield right of way

Two years from conviction date

14-247a

Failure to yield right of way

Two years from conviction date

14-249

Stopping at grade crossing (railroad)

Two years from conviction date

14-250

Certain motor vehicles to stop at railroad crossing

Two years from conviction date

14-279

Passing stopped school bus

Two years from conviction date

14-281a

Operation of school bus at unreasonable speed

Two years from conviction date

14-283

Failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicle

Two years from conviction date

14-296aa

Inattentive/distracted driving, texting while driving, using hand-held mobile telephone while driving

Two years from conviction date

*BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration

Criminal record checks required for public passenger endorsement

If you want a PPE, you are subject to state and national criminal record checks.

Your endorsement application or a current endorsement can be denied, suspended, or withdrawn if:

  • A conviction or arrest is found on your public records that’s considered a serious criminal offense.
  • Your state or national records reveal an offense that questions your moral character.