MVR Check: What is it, and why is it important?

MVR Check: What is it, and why is it important?

By Jennifer Gladstone

Does your business require employees to get behind the wheel in order to do their jobs? It’s in the best interest of the company – and every person on the road – to make sure anyone driving on your behalf has a clean record.

If you are in an industry that is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), you are required to run MVRs on all drivers every year.

Even if you are not regulated by the DOT, MVRs can save you time, headaches, and a lot of money by keeping dangerous drivers off your payroll. 

What is an MVR Check?

MVR stands for “Motor Vehicle Record.” An MVR check gives you a look at a person’s driving history and is a part of the background screening process. With an MVR you find out if an applicant or current employee has any traffic violations – including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – something that will not show up on a criminal records search.

This record search is known by many names:

  • Driving records check
  • Driver’s license verification
  • MVR report

These records are kept by the Department of Motor Vehicles in each state. MVRs are typically done only for the state where an applicant holds a current license.

What does an MVR Show?

An MVR will check for several pieces of information that show on a driver’s license as well as other violations, crimes, and other driving-related information.

How much information shows up in an MVR?

The amount of information you can get from an MVR check varies by state. Some states only keep records for 3 years, others for as long as 10. EBI does not report any information that is more than 7 years old.

If there is negative information in an MVR, the same adverse action requirements apply as they would with criminal records. An applicant must be given a copy of the report, and be given time to correct any mistakes before any adverse hiring decision is made.

How Can I Run an MVR Check?

Each state has its own way of managing MVRs, so the amount of information and the manner of obtaining it might differ if you employ people in more than one state. Working with a partner like EBI will make gathering and managing MVRs much easier.

With EBI you can easily manage your MVRs online, together with all your other background screening services.

MVR checks are really just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to a complete and effective background screening process. EBI can help you build a background screening program that can cover all the bases. We also offer Continuous Driver Monitoring. This makes sure your employees’ driving records stay clean. Each month, you’ll receive a report of any recent data changes, whether that’s an expired license, an expiring license, a violation, suspension, or a conviction.

Our Background Screening 101 page will show you how MVRs fit into your overall program.

About the Author

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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