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MVR checks: What are they and why are they important?


Employers in the transportation industry are required to comply with federal regulations set forth by the DOT. If you have employees who get behind the wheel for work, it's important to follow the compliance standards and regulations required for the job to maintain safety on the roads. Since employers can be held liable for the actions of their employees who operate vehicles for a living, it's vital that industry-specific employment screening procedures take place to avoid risks, fees and fines.

A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) pulls information regarding a driver's history from a state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is part of the background screening process for those who work in the transportation industry and aims to help employers hire applicants who have a reliable driving record and maintain safety and compliance on our roads.

When an employer requests an MVR, the following information is typically included in the report, but can differ depending on the state, position and industry:

  • Driver's license information (name, license number, date of birth, etc.)

  • Violations

  • License status (active/suspended/ revoked)

  • Moving violations/convictions

  • Accidents

  • Automatic renewal notices

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance assistance

  • Online tracking and reporting

  • Applicant order entry

  • Automated MVRs

  • Consolidated invoicing

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), employers have to request a pre-employment MVR in every state where a commercial driver's license (CDL) was held within the previous three-year period. In addition, an MVR must also be requested annually for the employer to review as part of the annual review process to determine if the driver continues to meet requirements. FULL ARTICLE