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Checking Driving Records

If your job opening requires any driving of a vehicle on company business, the applicant's driving record should be checked. By checking with the motor vehicles department, you'll not only get information about the applicant's driving record, but you can use it as a chance to verify the applicant's identity.

Business Tools

The Business Tools area includes a sample driving record check letter to use, if you decide to check records by mail. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself; enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a copy of the applicant's release form.

Where do you get driving records? Driving record information is available from a state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Generally, they keep records of:

  • all traffic violations
  • driving-related offenses
  • identifying information contained on the license

What information do I need to provide? Usually, the DMV will ask for:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • license number

Be aware that sometimes the DMV will charge you for checking these records. The cost can vary. Your DMV may require that you complete a certain form for the request. Before you send a request for a record, call your DMV to find out what is required.

How can I use driving records? While it may not matter that an applicant had a speeding ticket, a driving record check can reveal other more serious offenses. If an applicant's license is suspended or expired, how can that applicant legally perform a job that requires driving?

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