Driving Records for Employment

Obtaining a candidate’s driving records is often a very important part of the pre-employment screening process.  This is obvious for business owners and hiring managers who are hiring employees for positions in which driving will be a primary or significant job function.  If analyzed carefully, these records can provide insights into a potential employee’s level of responsibility, or even indicate whether or not he/she has any substance abuse issues.  Let’s take a look at some common types of driving records that are used for employment purposes.

The basic Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) is what most people think of as far as obtaining driving records.  The MVR is information compiled from a designated state’s Department of Motor Vehicles database.  Information and time frames reported vary from state to state, and may include such information as license status, suspensions and revocations, moving violations, DUIs, point accumulation, chargeable accidents and departmental actions.

Some driving records are specifically for commercial drivers like truckers and tour bus drivers.  This includes Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) reports.  These come from a database maintained by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to ensure single commercial license issuance nationwide.  They enable employers to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements, and helps eliminate a candidate who doesn’t hold a valid Commercial Driver’s license.  This search provides current jurisdictional state and license number, and up to three previously held CDL numbers.

The PSP (Pre-Employment Screening Program) Report is another set of driving records for commercial drivers.  The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) Report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) returns a commercial driver’s 5-year crash and 3-year inspection history from the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).

There are even Department of Transportation Employment Verification reports that verify a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated driver’s safety records from the applicant’s previous or present DOT regulated employer. The information can include driver vehicle type, reason for leaving, safety performance history, and DOT regulated drug and alcohol testing records from the applicant’s previous DOT regulated employer.

For more information on obtaining driving records for hiring purposes, please contact Precision Background Screening at 1-800-348-0511 or click here to request a free quote.