Employment Screening 101: Motor Vehicle Records-Part 7

Jason Morris

I have to admit it; today’s topic isn’t going to confuse readers into thinking I might be Nelson Demille. There just aren’t many exciting things I can say about Motor Vehicle Records (MVR), so I am going to keep it short and sweet!

A MVR is an important search for applicants who are required to operate their vehicle for business purposes and/or driving a company vehicle. Records show history over the past 3-7 years and are available in all 50 states and Washington DC. Reports include all personal identifiers as well as offenses and citations.

It’s rare that a MVR search would be used to disqualify someone from employment. MVR’s are typically used to show patterns and, or for various compliance purposes.  In general, employers are not looking for a single DUI.  They are looking for patters of these types of issues.  Results should be used with caution and all federal mandates and guidelines should be followed.  For instance, take into consideration the weight and gravity of the offense in relation to the job responsibilities.  This will help satisfy any EEOC and, or FCRA concerns. Several States require a special release for their particular State.  The Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) governs the parameters of the search and should be taken into consideration when ordering the service.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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