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    The good driving record requirement

    I am looking at going to grad school for planning and have been browsing Planner job postings for city governments. I noticed that most explicitly require a valid DL and a good driving record. While this makes sense with need to drive government owned vehicles, I wanted to know if anyone could elaborate on the requirement. Specifically I have a DWI from 5 years ago but have a valid license now. Am I automatically disqualified or do they have some hiring discretion? Also, do private consulting firms have the same requirements? Thanks for any insight.

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    The reason most planning positions in the public sector ask for a good driving record is b/c in order to drive a public vehicle you will need to be eligible to be insured under the municipality's insurance policy. If you are able to be insured now, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It shouldn't be an automatic disqualification, just make sure you do disclose it on your application if required to. You will have a chance to explain it on your application.

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    Depends on the jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction has its own rules and procedures for hiring. I worked for one jurisdiction where a DUI was not allowed within 5 years of employment and one that had a 7 years of employment rule.
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    I'm curious about the "[State] driver's license required" requirements I've seen accompany so many job listings. Is that intended to limit the pool of applicants to those in-state?

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    I'm curious about the "[State] driver's license required" requirements I've seen accompany so many job listings. Is that intended to limit the pool of applicants to those in-state?
    I think that has to do with performing background checks. Most of the HR policies I've seen say [state] driver's license required or ability to receive license prior to employment.

    RE: the DWI. Disclose it on the application. The longest I've ever seen a Texas city care, as far as driving record goes, is five years. THough a bit subjective, I know our city has dropped it to two years for cases where it was probably college immaturity, but with restrictions on use of city vehicles.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    I'm curious about the "[State] driver's license required" requirements I've seen accompany so many job listings. Is that intended to limit the pool of applicants to those in-state?
    Both times I've moved out of state, my employer didn't really care that my drivers license was issued out of state.....at least not for the first couple of months.....never mind that it is a state law in most places that you get a local license if you are "living" there. I'm sure that places with employees living in the next state over don't mind where the license was issued.

    Its much more likely that a community has a residency requirement that leads to local drivers licences.
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    we just say "valid driver's license" - this is likely to prevent DWI while on the job (or to be able to let someone go if they get a DWI while on the job) so if it does not say anything about a record, then you're good - otherwise, disclose it and note that it was a long time ago -

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    I'm curious about the "[State] driver's license required" requirements I've seen accompany so many job listings. Is that intended to limit the pool of applicants to those in-state?
    Gosh, Dan, you aren't paranoia-ing yourself out of anything here, are you?

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    I think that has to do with performing background checks. Most of the HR policies I've seen say [state] driver's license required or ability to receive license prior to employment.
    HR performs the background checks and attaches it to the application.
    I was allowed 3-4 weeks to obtain my Florida driver's license after the start of employment. Gave them a photocopy when I received it. (I have a squeaky clean record, BTW.)
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    Thanks for the info. Even though every HR dept varies its good to hear some firsthand knowledge on the process. Especially before I get too pumped up about going to grad school and a career transition!

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