As you all know, PBOR will still send your National DL databank record to FAA every 2 years. I received an inquiry today from a fellow who has two DUIs, both under 0.15, about ten years apart. When I told him he had a problem, he replied he did not, and that a sobriety program and psych eval was "excessive". And he sez he read it here. The FAA response, (?) excessive, but be as it may: .....let me cite 67.307 (subpart 4) (4) Substance dependence, except where there is established clinical evidence, satisfactory to the Federal Air Surgeon, of recovery, including sustained total abstinence from the substance(s) for not less than the preceding 2 years. As used in this section— (i) “Substance” includes: alcohol; other sedatives and hypnotics; anxiolytics; opioids; central nervous system stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines, and similarly acting sympathomimetics; hallucinogens; phencyclidine or similarly acting arylcyclohexylamines; cannabis; inhalants; and other psychoactive drugs and chemicals; and (ii) “Substance dependence” means a condition in which a person is dependent on a substance, other than tobacco or ordinary xanthine-containing (e.g., caffeine) beverages, as evidenced by— (A) Increased tolerance; (B) Manifestation of withdrawal symptoms; (C) Impaired control of use; or (D) Continued use despite damage to physical health or impairment of social, personal, or occupational functioning. (b) No substance abuse within the preceding 2 years defined as: (1) Use of a substance in a situation in which that use was physically hazardous, if there has been at any other time an instance of the use of a substance also in a situation in which that use was physically hazardous; So, the use of alcohol outside the home in a DUI is clearly in a situation in which that use was hazardous, and there are two publically recorded events. Whether under PBOR -2 or 3rd class, that will get you, after proven abstinence and concurrence of a HIMS psychiatrist (also that dependency is NOT present), 24 months of monitoring and six monthly visits to the AME on a special issuance. I've BTDT many times. So please don't think that PBOR relieves the airman of the need to remain sober and have a record of same, and of no abuse. The unfortunate fellow is now considering if it's worth going through the hoops. Poor guy! He does have a problem, it might NOT be with alcohol, but it might. that first response was not encouraging, but pilot beware, the agency is NOT loosening its grip on this one.