When employers need to hire someone who is supposed to drive a company vehicle, they have to do a thorough screening process, which includes checking applicants’ driving records. It’s perhaps the most important part of the employment screening process, which allows you to have an insight into the driving history of all potential employees, and see whether they are good and safe drivers.
A motor vehicle record shows all the basic driver’s license information, including license class, endorsements, and restrictions. This way, you will know if some job applicant holds a special endorsement, such as a hazardous materials endorsement, which means that they can operate vehicles carrying hazardous materials, or whether they are required to wear glasses or hearing aids.
Furthermore, motor vehicle records include traffic ticket information, which means employers get to see whether applicants have committed some sort of traffic violations. An MVR shows the type and date of violation and conviction, and how many points a driver has on his/her license. If a job candidate’s MVR shows that they have been convicted of a DUI, speeding, or reckless driving, you will know that they are not suitable for the position they are applying for, which makes the whole hiring process much simpler and helps you eliminate unsuitable candidates more easily. It also helps employers protect company property and make sure that they don’t hire someone who could jeopardize the safety of other road users while operating a company vehicle.
When an employer asks to see your MVR, you should give it to them. Applicants are allowed to refuse to do it, but it’s not recommended. You have to sign a consent form before the employer can obtain your motor vehicle record. If you have a clean record, than you have nothing to worry about, and it can only give you an edge over other candidates. If there is some information in your MVR that show you have been convicted of some serious traffic violations, you have the right to be hesitant about sharing that information with the employer, as it may hurt your chances of getting the job. But, it’s wise to provide the employer with every information they ask for, and hope for the best.
If you don’t provide your Motor Vehicle Record, the employer will have every right to believe that there is some information from your driving history that you want to hide, and they will probably decide not to hire you.