The Best Way to Check for a Clean Driving Record

When a potential new hire is required to drive a personal or company vehicle as part of their job requirements, failing to check for a clean driving record can be a critical and costly mistake. As an employer, you generally have three options: ask the candidate directly and hope they are telling the truth, request a motor vehicle report (MVR) from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or utilize pre-employment screening services such as those offered by VerifyProtect. But what is the best way to ensure you are onboarding safe and responsible drivers—and protect your company from a liability risk? 

Asking the Candidate Directly

Asking a candidate about their driving record without further investigation is not the most reliable or trustworthy option. In today’s competitive job market, some applicants will outright lie to secure an employment opportunity. In fact, a November, 2023 Forbes article, citing a 2023 ResumeLab Job Applicant Behavior Survey, reports that a whopping “70% or workers confess they have lied on resumes” and “80% of workers said they have lied in a job interview.” If you tend to ask the candidate directly about their driving record and hope they are telling the truth, you probably need to reconsider this tactic. 

Requesting an MVR on Your Own

Some employers assume serious offenses like driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) are easily discoverable through public records or a DIY background check, but this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, conducting your due diligence on your own will likely not give you the full picture, including all the details of past DUI or DWI convictions, traffic violations or citations, accidents, license suspensions or revocations, etc. Trying to save money by “doing it yourself” can backfire, increasing your risk and the cost of liability insurance, as well as wasting valuable time and resources onboarding an unsafe bet.

Utilizing Pre-Employment Screening Services

If you truly want to get the full picture when looking to hire a new employee, VerifyProtect offers a variety of affordable pre-employment screening services, including Driver’s Records. This includes a Standard Driver’s License Record Search for non-commercial drivers (detailing current license status, any moving violations still on record, and accident history), a Commercial Driver’s License Record Search (reporting on the applicant’s commercial driving record within the state in which they are licensed), and a comprehensive ​​Federal Commercial Driver Safety Search (including a nationwide commercial driver safety history). 

If your potential new hire is required to drive a personal or company vehicle as part of their job requirements and you are interested in the best way to check for a clean driving record, contact VerifyProtect today, and get the process rolling with added peace of mind! To learn more about why employers utilizing drivers should check Driver’s Records, click here.

VerifyProtect delivers first-class Employee Background Screening services nationwide. We save you time with fast, personal service and unquestionable results, utilizing advanced technology, and reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot. Our experts will ensure that your background check program integrates seamlessly and affordably into your hiring process. Visit WWW.VERIFYPROTECT.COM today to learn more!

Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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