The importance of MVR checks
An MVR check helps your organization maintain compliance, protect your brand reputation, and assure your customers of safety.
Maintain safety protocols
Identify qualified candidates with safe driving records to help protect your customers, employees and the public.
Comply with regulations
Meet the safe driving standards and requirements set forth by your organization and industry, if applicable.
Protect your organization against liability claims and higher insurance premiums.
What you’ll learn from driving record checks
A driving record check provides important information about a candidate’s driving history, safety record, and eligibility to drive as part of their job.
Legal ability to drive
Find out if your candidate is legally allowed to drive, or if their license is suspended or expired.
Class of license
Learn what types of motor vehicles a person is licensed to operate, such as commercial and noncommercial.
Get insight into safe and unsafe driving practices by reviewing minor and serious traffic violations.
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Checkr’s featured MVR report offerings
MVR checks are available as a standalone check, as well as an add-on to your candidate’s comprehensive background check, and are essential for positions where driving is part of the job description.
Motor vehicle records (MVR) checks
Identify driving incidents and verify license status and driving eligibility. Data is accessed from a state’s department of motor vehicles. Information returned may depend on the seriousness of the incident and the state in which it occurred.
Stay on top of incidents, violations, and revoked or suspended licenses. Continuous MVR is a smarter, more efficient way to mitigate risk and stay compliant. (Currently available for select accounts with high volume hiring. Please talk to a Sales Associate for details.)
Hire drivers at scale with Checkr
For businesses that need to hire drivers at scale, Checkr’s advanced platform helps you navigate this highly-regulated industry with minimal manual tasks so you can quickly and safely grow your teams.
Checkr’s workflow automation tools help you increase efficiency and scale hiring without scaling your team.
Hire faster with less risk
Our built-in compliance tools help you navigate regulatory requirements and mitigate risk to your business.
Uncover incidents earlier
Continuous MVR can help you find incidents sooner so you maintain safety, reduce risk, and lower insurance costs.
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Frequently asked questions
Learn more about MVR checks
Motor vehicle records (MVR) screens may be used as part of pre-employment background checks when candidates apply for a position in which driving is required for the job. MVR checks of a candidate’s driving record can help employers enhance safety, minimize risk, and protect themselves from liability claims by validating that a candidate’s returned MVR meets the customer’s requirements. In industries regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), which sets federal highway safety policies, MVR checks are required by law.
What is an MVR?
An MVR, which stands for motor vehicle record or motor vehicle report, is a type of public record pertaining to an individual’s driving history. The department of motor vehicles (DMV) or a similar government entity in each state maintains a MVR for each licensed driver in the state. What’s included in this driving record may vary slightly, but usually involves information such as the person’s driver license status and class, accident history, driving-related convictions, moving violations, suspensions, and outstanding fines.
What is an MVR check?
An MVR check, sometimes called a driver’s license verification or driving records check, searches a candidate’s driving record in the state where they are currently licensed to reveal information about their driver license status and driving history. Generally, a motor vehicle records search reports all data as provided by the DMV for the past three to ten years, depending on the state. MVRs may show violations from other states. For example, if a driver moved and obtained a license in a new state, the DMV may transfer the driving record information to the new state where the individual’s new license was issued. However, whether this occurs is at the discretion of the DMVs.
What shows up on an MVR report?
Information that may appear on an MVR report includes:
- The status of the driver’s license (such as valid, restricted, suspended, revoked, or expired)
- The driver’s license type and class (such as commercial, passenger, permit, and identification), indicating the class(es) of vehicles the person can legally operate (such as vehicle type and weight)
- Motor vehicle accident reports (including information about the extent of the accident, such as property damage, personal injury, or death)
- Traffic violations (the types of violations reported may vary depending on the state’s traffic laws)
- Driving-related felony and misdemeanor convictions (such as driving under the influence or DUI, driving while intoxicated or DWI, or vehicular homicide)
What shows up on an MVR report varies by state. For example, screenings in most states return driving records from the past seven years, but other states only return motor vehicle records from three years, and a few as far as 10 years. In some states, driving-related felonies and misdemeanors do not show up on a criminal search, so an employer may consider using a comprehensive criminal background screening with an MVR check included for the most accurate information.
How long does an MVR report take?
In states with digitized motor vehicle records, employers may receive MVR screening results the same day. At Checkr, most MVR reports are completed within a few minutes. In some instances MVR reports may not be available electronically, which may cause delays. Errors in MVR report requests, such as a spelling error in a name or an incorrect driver license number, can slow results, too.
How long an MVR check takes also depends on whether you are conducting the search directly with the state’s DMV, requesting the candidate provide the report, or working with a third-party provider.
Using a qualified background check provider, like Checkr, to conduct MVR screenings is generally the fastest option due to our advanced technology and extensive data networks.
How to get an MVR report
Employers have several options for requesting an MVR report for a job candidate:
- Request the MVR directly from the DMV. You can typically request an MVR by mail, online, or in-person through the state’s DMV. Managing requests with different DMVs can be time-consuming for your HR team, especially if you’re hiring in high volumes or in multiple states. It can also be difficult to interpret the reports, since formats may differ from state to state.
- Ask the candidate to get the MVR. Some employers may ask candidates to obtain and submit their own MVRs. A best practice to consider is requesting a certified motor vehicle report, which is verified by the state DMV. However, certified MVR records may take longer to receive.
- Use a third-party background check provider. To increase accuracy and efficiency, many employers rely on consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), like Checkr, to conduct MVR checks. Professional background check providers deliver MVR reports in a standardized format for easy review. An experienced background check provider will be current on state and federal laws, including the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), that regulate how information in motor vehicle records can be accessed and used for employment purposes. An FCRA-compliant background check provider can also help ensure your background checks are compliant with applicable laws.
Get an MVR report with Checkr
MVR checks are a valuable tool to help reduce risk, minimize insurance costs, and create a safer environment for employees and customers. However, obtaining MVR reports yourself can be time-consuming, and failing to remain compliant with relevant laws could expose your company to legal liability. Partnering with Checkr streamlines the MVR check process so you can focus on building a team you can trust.
If your business employs hundreds of drivers, you can also use Checkr’s Continuous MVR solution to monitor their driving records, run MVR checks automatically, and get notified of driving incidents that could put your company at risk. Checkr’s advanced platform delivers accurate results with speed, while a mobile-friendly candidate portal keeps applicants in-the-know.
Plus, Checkr’s “MVR Rules” helps customers make sense of disparate data from motor vehicle departments. MVR Rule configuration is highly customizable to meet your needs, allowing customers to more easily make the best decisions for their business needs in a compliant manner.
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The resources provided here are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. We advise you to consult your own counsel if you have legal questions related to your specific practices and compliance with applicable laws.
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