Why MVR & Driving Record Background Checks Are Critical

You need to know who's behind the wheel, especially when transporting goods, services, and people. Reviewing your candidate’s driving records and safety data is important for positions where employees, volunteers, or contractors will operate motor vehicles for business purposes.

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Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks require speed and rigor to get new hires on the job quickly while maintaining safety and compliance standards. We understand compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations is crucial.

Motor vehicle records may be checked for positions like:

  • Commercial drivers

  • Couriers and delivery drivers

  • Chauffeurs

  • Contract drivers in the gig economy

  • Any employee who drives company vehicles

  • Any volunteer who drives as part of their volunteer work

Features and Benefits

– Provides driving history for the last 3-7 years, including deducted DMV points

– Indicates driving restrictions, such as glasses and hearing aids

– Discloses special endorsements, including tank and hazardous materials

– Includes state-specific rules, regulations, and requirements for all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C.

Companies are typically liable for employees when they drive for business purposes. Even a single employee-caused accident could increase your insurance rates or result in costly litigation and damage to your company’s reputation. To make more informed decisions when hiring commercial drivers, employers should review all applicable driver safety data before extending an offer of employment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to obtain and review a motor vehicle record from every state in which a commercial driver has held a license during the previous three years. In addition, at least once every 12 months, companies are required to obtain motor vehicle records from every state in which their drivers held licenses.