Motor Vehicle Records (MVR)
A Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) search provides the information concerning character and driving tendencies that is necessary to make a solid, well-educated hiring decision for a position that involves driving, and in some cases for one that does not. While technically not a “public” record, access to driving records is allowed in all 50 states. Access to MVR Reports is governed at the federal level by the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), which regulates the use of driving records and specifies permissible purposes for requesting a record. In addition, each state has its own access policy and requirements, as well as guidelines concerning what information is released.
Driving RecordsTypically, a driving record (sometimes called an abstract or DMV Driving Report) is a history of traffic violations and license suspensions for a specific license. Information pertaining to license class, validity and issue/expiration dates may also be included. Some states provide material on accidents, but information relevant to fault is sporadic and cannot be relied upon as a definitive indication that your applicant was responsible.
National Driver Register (NDR)While there is no “national” MVR report search, most states participate in various compact agreements with the other states to share information regarding serious traffic violations. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created the “National Driver Register” (NDR). This is a database of drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked, or who have been convicted of a serious traffic violation (such as a DUI, among others). This database is available to certain employers in the transportation industry, including airlines, railroads and trucking firms.
Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS)Drivers who hold CDL Licenses are governed by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 which created a national system called the Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS) to allow states to share information on holders of CDL’s. The goal of CDLIS is to insure “that each driver, nationwide, has only one driver license and one record through the cooperative exchange of commercial driver information between jurisdictions.”
Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP)Another CDL related search is the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) “Pre-employment Screening Program” (PSP), which is designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual operators’ crash and serious safety violation history as a pre-employment condition. To learn more about Pre-Employment Screening Program Background Checks view our page: The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration PSP Background Check.
Our Comprehensive MVR Report ServicesIn order to assist you in your hiring decision, Justifacts offers driving records from every state. In addition, we supply instant access to driving records from the states that furnish immediate results. For those clients with CDL drivers, Justifacts accesses NDR reports for approved employers and CDLIS reports, which instantly return a history of previous licenses issued to a specific driver. In addition, Justifacts is an approved provider of PSP data, allowing us to support instant electronic access to a driver’s crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). No matter what your background check requirements, Justifacts has a comprehensive motor vehicle records search package designed to fit your unique employment screening needs.
For additional information on the DPPA, go to: DPPA Website
For additional information on the NDR, go to: NDR Website
For additional information on the USDOT PSP program, go to: PSP Website
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