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

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Does your business require employees to get the 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 their behalf has a clean record.

What is an MVR Check?

An MVR check stands for “Motor Vehicle Report” check or “Motor Vehicle Record” check and is a part of the background screening process. It is used to let you know if an applicant or current employee has been convicted of driving under the influence, if they have traffic violations, or even unpaid parking tickets.

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. There is no such thing as a national database to search driving records, so 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.

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How much information shows up in an MVR Background Check?

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 reported on an MVR in the report, 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.

Why are MVRs important?

Employers want and need to know that an employee that will be driving for them is safe and responsible behind the wheel. A review of an applicant’s driving record will show whether they have been involved in risky behavior like excessive speed, or illegal acts like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

An employer looking for someone to drive during the evening needs to know if their candidate is only allowed to driving during the day.

MRVs are a very important piece of the background screening process for many industries. If you are working in a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated industry you are required to request a new copy of each driver’s MVR every 12 months.

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:

  • Manage MVRs completely online
  • Combine the management of your MVRs with your other background screening services on our
  • Set-up
  • Manage

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.

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

Jennifer Gladstone

Posted By: 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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