2017 Maryland Code
Title 16 - Vehicle Laws -- Drivers' Licenses
Subtitle 1 - Issuance, Expiration, and Renewal of Licenses
§ 16-117. Records to be kept by Administration
- (a) Record of applicants and licensees. -- The Administration shall keep a record of:
- (1) Each driver's license application that it receives;
- (2) Each driver's license that it issues; and
- (3) Each licensee whose license to drive the Administration has suspended or revoked, and the reasons for the action.
- (b) Accident reports and court records. --
- (1) The Administration shall file each accident report and abstract of court disposition records that it receives under the laws of this State.
- (2) (i) The Administration shall keep convenient records or make suitable notations showing the convictions or traffic accidents in which each licensee has been involved and every probation before judgment disposition of any violation of the Maryland Vehicle Law. A record or notation of a probation before judgment disposition, or a first offense of driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more under § 16-205.1 of this title, shall be segregated by the Administration and shall be available only to:
- 1. The Administration;
- 2. Other driver licensing authorities;
- 3. The United States Secretary of Transportation;
- 4. Current and prospective employers, as defined in § 16-803(e) of this title, of drivers required to hold commercial drivers' licenses;
- 5. The courts;
- 6. Criminal justice agencies; and
- 7. The defendant or the defendant's attorney.
- (ii) However, a record or notation of a probation before judgment, or a first offense of driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more under § 16-205.1 of this title, may not be received or considered by the courts until a plea of guilty or nolo contendere is made by the defendant or a finding of guilty is made by the court.
- (3) These records or notations shall be made so that they are readily available for consideration by the Administration of any license renewal application and at any other suitable time.
- (4) Accident reports and abstracts of court convictions pertaining to driving an emergency vehicle, if received by a person who was driving an emergency vehicle pursuant to the provisions of § 21-106 of this article, shall be segregated by the Administration and shall be available only to the Administration.
- (5) Except as provided in this section, an employee of the Administration may not disclose any records or information regarding probation before judgment, or a first offense of driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more under § 16-205.1 of this title.
- (c) No record to be kept of dismissed charges. -- If a charge of a Maryland Vehicle Law violation against any individual is dismissed by a court of competent jurisdiction, a record of the charge and dismissal may not be included in the individual's driving record.
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