If you are a business that has employees driving, it is both your responsibility and in your best interest to have an MVR Check done on all your drivers. Many companies voluntarily run a driving record check yearly. if your business operates within an industry that is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) you are required to run an MVR (moving vehicle records) Check on all your drivers every year. Even if you aren’t regulated by the DOT, having a copy of a candidates Moving Vehicle Records is important. This will help you keep dangerous drivers off the road and away from company equipment. You may also find MVR Checks referred to as MVR Reports and Driving Records Check.
What is an MVR Check?
An MVR Check lets you look at non-criminal moving violations. It may even catch some criminal violations not found on a criminal background check. If you are a hiring manager this will allow you to ensure your company is represented by the safest drivers. This is not a criminal background check.
How far back an MVR check will go varies by state. Some states only go three years back, while some go as far back as 10 years. For more information about background checks in specific states click here.
What is included in a Driving Records Check?
An MVR Check typically consists of the License number, expiration date, full name, date of birth, License restrictions, physical description, issue date, type of license, accident reports, traffic violations, license suspensions any points you have on your license.
The difference between criminal records and driving records?
Moving violations that do not result in a misdemeanor or felony will not show up on a criminal records check. There are times where certain violations that are considered criminal will not be reported in a criminal background check.
in Florida going up to 29 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is not considered criminal. If you go between 30 and 49 miles per hour over the speed limit, it becomes criminal. This will be considered a misdemeanor. For speeding to be considered a felony act it must be 100+ miles per hour or 50+ over the speed limit. Other examples of criminal violations include driving under the influence (DUI), certain types of reckless driving, and leaving an accident seen (hit and run).