Driver and Motor Vehicle Reports
Let’s start with the basics
What are Driver and MVR reports?
MVRs, also known as driving background checks or MVR screens, search a persons’ driving record and history as reported from a state Department of Motor Vehicles or similar government entity which issues driver licenses. Oftentimes, MVRs are used to understand driving records for employment purposes, but they can also be used for a variety of other reasons.
While this may vary from one state to the next depending on local reporting practices, information reported in driving record background checks includes driver’s license status and class, violations, suspensions, restrictions, and other information related to driving records and credentials.
Why is understanding a candidate’s driving history important?
A driving record check can help identify candidates with unsafe driving records to help you assess the risk of potential and current employees. Certain records are only available on driving records and may not always show up on criminal searches such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. With motor vehicle background checks, meet the standards and requirements set forth by your organization’s and industry’s standards.
MVR screens help you stay compliant, protect your brand reputation, and assure your customers of safety. Whether you’re increasing hiring volumes or expanding your business with drivers, it’s imperative that you run drivers license background checks to get insight into a candidate’s driving history to understand if they are the right fit for your business.
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What roles typically require an MVR check?
MVR checks are for anyone who operates a vehicle as part of their job, including:
- Commercial drivers such as bus, taxi, or limo drivers
- Contract drivers for rideshare or food delivery services
- Employees who operate company vehicles
- Care providers who transport clients
- Truck drivers and delivery drivers
What do you learn from an MVR check?
MVR checks provide information to help you assess if a candidate is currently eligible to drive for work:
- If their license is currently suspended or expired
- What types and classes of vehicles they are licensed to drive
- Recent violations or restrictions
- Issue and expiration dates for various license types
Driver and MVR Background Screens with Checkr
Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) Check
Identify driving violations and verify license status and endorsements. Information returned is typically within the last three years, depending on the seriousness of the incident and the state in which it occurred.
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What to keep in mind when performing driver and MVR screens
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
To build a compliant background check process, you must understand the FCRA and regional and local requirements around denying a candidate employment based on a criminal record.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC helps ensure that candidates are being treated fairly in the hiring process, and provides a framework for individualized assessments of pre-employment background checks.
DOT and FMCSA Guidelines
The DOT and FMCSA are the regulatory bodies overseeing the commercial driving industry, Checkr helps you create a compliant hiring process according to their guidelines.
Insurance requirements weigh heavily when hiring drivers and transporters. Checkr customers can create filters based on carrier conditions for easier candidate conversion.
With MVR checks, up to date information is crucial. A license status could change at any time so it’s important to continuously update these records to boost compliance and safety.
DUIs often appear on criminal record screenings, but not always. In certain cases, depending on the state, driving under the influence may be considered a traffic violation and will only be surfaced on an MVR report.
Build trust during the screening process
Candidates often feel lost or intimidated by the background check process. That’s why Checkr provides online educational tools, live support, and access to report status in our mobile-friendly candidate portal.
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