When reviewing a potential hire’s background several areas will require your attention such as work history and education. There are also specialized background checks designed to look at specific areas of a person’s history that might be of specific interest to your company. An MVR check for employers can be very important for your company if your daily work activity involves company automobiles or driving is an important part of a job opening’s daily tasks. These checks aren’t just for large corporations either any company large or small should check an applicant’s driving history if it is relevant to the job being offered.

What an MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) Tells You

When you have an MVR performed you learn a lot about a potential hire’s driving history and any problems they have encountered while operating an automobile. This information includes the status of their license (active, revoked, suspended, or canceled), the type of license they have, insurance history, past tickets, DUIs, accidents, and any other issues involving the court system as it relates to traffic such as ongoing trials or past convictions. An important aspect to remember about MVR is that they are performed at the state level. There is no overarching national database for a person’s driving history, and you may have to run MVRs across multiple states (and contact multiple state DMVs) to get a complete record of someone’s driving history. Depending on a person’s history and your company need some MVR checks can be more complex than others.

Why This Information is Important

There are several reasons you’d want a motor vehicle record check done. Here are some of the more common reasons:

  • Verify Applicant Statements: when interviewing an applicant you normally ask several questions about their background, work history, and education. Questions about driving history are relevant for many professions and should be answered honestly. If an MVR shows events an applicant omitted or was inaccurate in describing it could call into question other information they provided. Naturally, this depends on what information an MVR discovers, its severity, and your company’s standards. 
  • Get a Broad Overview of Driving Skill: by checking someone’s driving history you can get an overview of their driving skills and overall behavior when operating a vehicle. A completely clean record can point to a very safe and cautious driver while a few tickets may be notable but not always something that would cause too much concern. That being said repeated court appearances or penalties such as a license being revoked could be a sign an applicant is unsuitable for a position where one is trusted with company equipment.
  • Know if They Can Be Trusted With Company Equipment: company vehicles are an investment and cost a lot in terms of vehicle cost, upkeep, insurance, and other associated expenses. An applicant that has a clean driving record has lower odds of being in an accident or operating company vehicles unsafely. This is especially important in positions that travel to remote locations regularly for work. 
  • Your Company Reputation: when your company’s employees are driving to job sites or to perform essential tasks they need to drive safely because they encounter other drivers in the community on the roads and highways. A driver operating a vehicle with your company name or logo can negatively impact your reputation if they cause accidents or drive unsafely. 

Final Thoughts

Hiring a new employee is an involved and time-consuming process, and you want to be sure you hired the right person for the job. Driving skills are essential to perform several jobs and can be a key part of assigned daily tasks. An MVR can tell you if an applicant has the level of skill you are looking for in a new employee.