What Are The Steps Required In A New Driver’s Background Check Before They Can Operate A Commercial Motor Vehicle?
All motor carriers are required to check into the employment history of each new driver they employ. This background check must be completed and documented within 30 days of the date employment begins. The investigation into the driver’s background may be completed by any means deemed appropriate, including but not limited to, personal interviews, telephone interviews, and letters. The FMCSA outlines a 6-step background checking process. These steps include: (1) a driver with a Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employment within the past 3 years must be informed that they have the ability to review information provided by the previous employers and the opportunity to correct that information; (2) the hiring employer must contact each DOT-regulated employer who employed the driver in the previous three years and request general employment data about the driver, information regarding any accidents involving the applicant, and any drug/alcohol violations for applicants who were subject to the DOT drug/alcohol test; (3) previous employers must respond within 30 days and keep a record of the response for one year; (4) the hiring employer must file the investigation results within 30 days of employment; (5) the hiring employer must keep a written record of each previous employer; and (6) the applicant has the opportunity to contest the information given by the previous employer and either request the correction or submit a rebuttal.
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