Many people are aware, of course, of how important driving records are in their personal life, but not everyone is aware that those records can often play a critical role in whether or not they land the job they need. The truth is that many employers routinely check the DMV and MVR records of their job candidates, even if the jobs being filled do not require the use of a company vehicle.
These DMV records, driving records, MVR records, motor vehicle records and other records provide employers with a wealth of information not only about the individual’s driving record, but about past brushes with the law in the form of DUI arrests and other legal problems.
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Getting a copy of your own driving record is important, therefore, when you are searching for a new job. While the majority of DMV and MVR records are accurate, there are mistakes, and it is important to find those mistakes before they cost you a job.
One of the best places to start searching for your own driving record (or someone else’s) is at the website maintained by your state department of motor vehicles. More and more of these records are available online these days, either for no charge or for a small fee. It is a good idea to start your search for DMV and MVR records with these government agencies.
In addition, there are a number of private agencies that specialize in searching these kinds of records. Some of these companies specialize in doing background checks, while others exist to help private individuals find records and information on other individuals. No matter what their specialty, these private companies can be a good source of information on finding a copy of your own driving record.
When reviewing your driving records, keep in mind that the states use a point system in order to keep track of a particular driver’s traffic violations, speeding tickets, DUI arrests and in some cases even unpaid parking tickets. Each violation of the applicable driving law will result in a number of negative points being assigned. In some cases the driver may accumulate enough points to warrant the suspension of his or her drivers license.
The good news for those drivers is that most states will remove those negative points after a set period of time, generally about five years. Serious crimes, such as driving under the influence, however, will remain on the driver’s record. It is also important to remember that all automobile insurance companies have the right to check your driving record when you apply for insurance, and when the policy is up for renewal. Therefore, not only could a poor driving record cost you a job but it could cost you a great deal of money as well.
It is important to keep in mind that more and more employers are checking the driving records of those they plan to hire, even if those employees are not being hired for driving positions. Many employers use this step as part of an overall background check, in order to help assess the character and honesty of job applicants. For instance, if the check reveals a DUI arrest that the applicant failed to disclose on his or her job application, the employer may determine that the applicant has lied and refuse to hire that individual.
Employers also use this check of driving records to protect themselves against the possibility of lawsuits brought about by the actions of their employees. For instance, if an employee volunteers to transport important paperwork for the boss and is involved in an accident, the company could potentially be liable, especially if it can be proven that no pre-employment background check was completed. For these reasons and more, employers often routinely check DMV records, MVR records, driving records, credit reports and more, so it is important for every would be employee to protect themselves and keep their driving record clean.