Real Answers from Real Pilots

Background driving record

Hello all I’m doing research on becoming a pilot. I was woundering if anything on your driving or general background would prevent you in finding jobs. Or even maintaining a certain license or certification.

Jm,
You will undergo a background check and submit your driving record when applying for the airlines. A speeding ticket or two wouldn’t raise many flags but having multiple, or serious driving offenses would. On the background check, any convictions could have a big implication on future employment.

Hannah

JM,

It depends on the severity of the offense, how long ago, and the frequency. The first step is to see if you qualify for a 1st Class Medical. Thereafter, you will need to keep your record clean and be open and honest about all offenses in your interview.

Tory

JM,

Driving records (other than DUIs) generally aren’t a problem unless it’s excessive or your license has been suspended or revoked. There are actually MANY things in your background that could pose a problem or cause you to lose your medical in the future.

As Tory said the first step is seeing if your qualify for a medical.

Adam

Jayde,

It really depends on how extensive of a driving record we are talking about here. A few tickets are not going to be a huge deal, but throw in reckless, DUI, etc and the conversation changes significantly.

Chris