With the unemployment rate still above 8%, there is no telling who has what qualifications over you or what could hurt you. Even something like what is on your driving record can play into whether you get a job or keep the job you have today. The question is how much will an SR22 impact your employment situation?
There are a plethora of reasons why one would have to file an SR22 form depending on the state. It could range anywhere from getting a DUI, having a suspended license or even failing to pay child support. And with employers often looking at your driving record at the time of hiring you, there is reason to be a little concerned.
Almost all employers will perform a background check prior to putting you on the team and this will include your driving record. Having a multitude of citations or even one or two major violations like a DUI can decrease your chances. If this were 10 years ago perhaps not as much, but the poor economy has created this.
It is important to note that an SR22 is not a traffic violation. Employers will look at it as something that was needed to reinstate your license which shows some kind of immaturity. However, this does not mean you have no chance of getting a job. All companies are different and have their own policies to stick by.
If the job you are applying for involves some driving or a great deal of driving, having a DWI or DUI offense could be disastrous for your chances. But if you are looking to be a secretary or a graphic designer, it may be overlooked completely.
The next question that comes to mind is whether or not you can be fired for having an SR22. While filing for one will not affect your job status, there is always the chance that having one could. If you’re an outside salesman and you lose your license for one reason or another, you have no way of getting to each appointment and that will ultimately affect your employment.
There are employers that have a zero tolerance policy regardless of how much you do or don’t drive. This is where it becomes about the company and the policy they live by more than the violation or form itself.
The bottom line is having an SR22 can affect your job or the job hunt you are currently on. This is not to say you will be fired tomorrow or will have your resume thrown out the window immediately. But just know it may lead to employers looking elsewhere before you.