For a long-haul trucker, keeping his or her CDL Driving Record clean is vital to staying behind the wheel. Traffic citations, vehicle and registration inspections, and weigh scales can all affect a driver’s record in different ways. Keep reading to find out what a CDL Driving Record looks like, why does it matter for your job, and how can CDL Legal help you?
What is My CDL Driving Record?
The record of a commercial driver’s history is split into different pieces and recorded by different agencies. The first piece is the driver’s MVR (motor vehicle report). This piece of the record is tied directly to the driver’s license. When the driver gets a traffic ticket, the MVR will show what it is and when it was written. When the driver gets in an accident, that will appear on the MVR, too. The MVR only shows what traffic violations a driver is found guilty of, so if a driver takes a ticket to court and wins a reduction or dismissal, that’s what will show up on the MVR.
The second piece of a trucker’s record is the PSP (pre-employment screening program). This piece of the record holds crash information and inspection information. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) maintains this record, and it applies both to drivers and their carriers. Any inspection violation that a driver gets will appear on his carrier’s CSA record, also. Any violation that was written to a driver on both a traffic ticket and inspection may be reduced or dismissed in court, then challenged and changed on the driver’s PSP.
The third piece of the record is the DAC (drive-a-check). This record just shows a driver’s work history in the industry. It’s like a resume, but with the driver’s MVR added to his work history. No government agency keeps this record. It’s kept by a company called HireRight that lets carriers and drivers share the record. HireRight updates this record for each driver (including getting the newest version of each driver’s MVR), but drivers can ask HireRight for changes if the DAC is wrong.