I had a client ask me if it was acceptable to run a motor vehicle report on a person they are considering for a driving position. I thought I’d share my answer with you…

Yes, it is. In fact, it should be mandatory for a driving position.

A couple of notes:

  1. The company must have a written policy stating this and that it applies to all current and prospective drivers. The interviewee needs to sign a consent form acknowledging that he or she will have their MVR run.
  2. The company needs to have written guidelines as to what is not acceptable to hire. Example – two moving violations would be an automatic decline. It’s their call on their tolerance for moving violations/accidents, but it must be consistent, written, and communicated.
  3. If it’s for a CDL, their personal history also comes into play. They are required to disclose any violations or accidents, even if it was on a personal basis.

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