Background Checks

Motor vehicle checks are another tool employers may find useful in screening applicants for employment. Actually, the term motor vehicle check is a little misleading. What we’re really talking about is the status of somebody’s driver’s license, which can be determined through each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

In our most recent blog, Barada Associates discusses job positions where a candidate’s driving record should be checked during the hiring process and what motor vehicle records verify. If your company needs to perform motor vehicle checks on job candidates, contact the professionals at Barada Associates.

When Should Driving Records be Checked?

You certainly don’t need to obtain driving record information for non-driving positions, such as an office or retail job where a prospective employee isn’t getting behind the wheel. But if driving is part of the job description, it’s a good idea to include a motor vehicle check as part of a candidate’s background check. This is especially important for full-time driving positions, such as transporters or delivery drivers.

Obtaining a driving record during the background screening process is an inexpensive exercise, and, when used in conjunction with careful reference checking, it can further reduce the specter of negligent hiring litigation for failing to check something so easy to verify.

How Motor Vehicle Records Are Checked

To carry out a check, you’ll need each candidate’s full name (as it appears on his or her driver’s license), date of birth, Social Security number, address, driver’s license number, state of issue, and, of course, each candidate’s express permission to carry out the check in the form of a signed release that complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

In some states, the individual holding the license must complete a special form to obtain the motor vehicle record.

What Does a Motor Vehicle Check Verify?

The purpose of a motor vehicle report isn’t to uncover one or two speeding tickets; it looks for more serious offenses and vehicular crimes and confirms whether the candidate is legally allowed to perform a job that requires driving. A motor vehicle check verifies the status of each candidate’s license, if it’s valid or not, if it’s restricted for any reason (like poor eyesight), and if it’s suspended for any reason. It will also show any traffic violations the driver has committed, such as speeding, reckless driving, or driving while intoxicated.

It will also show any past suspensions or restrictions, as well as the type of license, such as an ordinary driver’s license, a commercial driver’s license, or a chauffeur’s license.

How Long Does a Motor Vehicle Check Take?

A motor vehicle check ordinarily takes two or three days to complete, depending on the state of issue. However, each state has its own rules and regulations, which can affect how quickly a person’s driving history is reviewed and driving records are received.

Contact Barada Associates for Comprehensive Background Checks

If you’re posting a job which requires the hiree to drive for company business, it’s imperative to check the candidate’s driving record. For comprehensive background screening services, including motor vehicle reports, contact Barada Associates today to set up a meeting or to request a quote.