A MVR (motor vehicle record) is an important compliance tool for qualifying moving company drivers. A MVR will help the moving company verify license type, current standings and any restrictions of an applicant or current driver. It can also verify name and address information (helpful in criminal background checks).
A MVR is not only helpful, it’s a requirement for all drivers files for drivers operating company vehicles of 10,001 lbs or greater (this can be useful for employers in transportation, delivery, DOT compliance, or other positions utilizing company vehicles or looking for drivers). Besides a pre-employment MVR, an annual MVR is required (with an annual review of driving record with portions filled out by the driver and company). This illustrates that the drivers is still qualified as there are certain offenses (or certain number of offenses) such as driving without insurance, license suspension or revocation, DUI’s, DWI’s traffic violations, accidents, failure to appear in court or unpaid fines that can cause disqualifications.
When it comes to MVR retrieval, each state has it’s own method of how records are kept and released. Some states will not release the MVR to the employer, it is up to the applicant or driver to obtain the copy. Some states charge a fee for a copy of a MVR and while most states can provide the information instantly, some states will have a delay of up to 7-10 days (like Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Alaska). Currently there is no national database for motor vehicle records so a MVR has to be obtained through each individual state.
The information provided on the MVR will usually provide at least 3 years of driving history and up to 10 years depending on the state.
MVR information is not only important from a regulation requirement from a regulation standpoint, it’s also is of great interest to any moving companies insurance company. Violations like reckless driving, DUI’s etc can affect insurance premiums and whether or not the insurance company will even cover a driver.
So stay on top of the MVR driver regulations. They can help a moving company make intelligent decisions regarding driver qualifications. Remember, if doing a criminal background check, this is one of the tools that should be looked up, but not the only!