What Does And Doesn't Go On DAC

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Blue Hotel's Comment
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OK, so I have a stupid little (ongoing) story to tell, then questions to ask about it.

Firstly, I'm still in school but hoping to get my license soon. I understand DAC is primarily meant for accidents, DOT job history, drug tests, and one's MVR.

I applied for a job with a company in an attempt to get a pre-hire about two weeks ago. I told them the truth. I told them that I was unemployed for X amount of time in recent history. It's the truth. On LinkedIn (a website I find useless anyway), I don't tell the truth. My LinkedIn profile says I was employed, and it says this because I was mainly trying to use that website to get office-type jobs before I started driving school. I didn't use LinkedIn to apply for a pre-hire with this company. I emphasize that LinkedIn isn't part of this equation, but if one were to Google my name it would pop up.

So anyway, I applied for a pre-hire with this company two weeks ago and haven't heard back from them, so I emailed the recruiter on Wednesday and didn't get a response. She should have all my documents, previous W2's, gap letter, etc, etc. But now I'm worried. I'm really worried because I haven't heard back from this company about anything, good or bad. Now, I know a great number of things could be happening and that is why I haven't heard back, but I'm not a ****ing optimist. I never have been, so I'm assuming the worst case scenario.

What is the worst case scenario? That they Googled me and found my LinkedIn profile and think I lied on the application, when really I didn't. So now I'm afraid it'll go on my DAC that I applied for a job with them and lied.

So I have to ask, if my pessimism is correct, can they put that on my DAC report? Or is that reserved for people who actually got their foot in the door or took a drug test?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Anchorman's Comment
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Have you tried calling the company or tracking your application through the Driver Pulse App?

Recruiters are typically very busy which means you may need to attempt to contact them more than once and through various ways other than just email.

Blue Hotel's Comment
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Have you tried calling the company or tracking your application through the Driver Pulse App?

Recruiters are typically very busy which means you may need to attempt to contact them more than once and through various ways other than just email.

I don't have any "eligible devices" to install Driver Pulse on. I can't afford a smartphone and my tablet isn't "eligible." I just tried to get it.

I hope it's just that the lady is busy, like you said, but I've never been an optimist.

Anchorman's Comment
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Gaps in your work history can be a barrier for getting in to the trucking industry. I don't know what your reason for being unemployed for that X amount of time was. If you can cover that gap by being self employed or working for somebody else or going to school during that time it will improve your chances of getting accepted.

Blue Hotel's Comment
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Gaps in your work history can be a barrier for getting in to the trucking industry. I don't know what your reason for being unemployed for that X amount of time was. If you can cover that gap by being self employed or working for somebody else or going to school during that time it will improve your chances of getting accepted.

But my main question was will lying about it go on my DAC if it's caught before a pre-hire is issued?

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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You don't even have a DAC. Just chill and apply to seven or eight companies. Get several pre-hires now while you're in school.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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I don't mean to discourage you, but I also had gaps in my employment history and found that a lot of companies never replied to my application, or if they did they stopped replying once they found out. But I got hired, so just try every company you can.

Blue Hotel's Comment
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I don't mean to discourage you, but I also had gaps in my employment history and found that a lot of companies never replied to my application, or if they did they stopped replying once they found out. But I got hired, so just try every company you can.

When I first applied, I called the recruiting office on the phone and spoke with the lady. She sent me a gap latter to fill out, which I did. They knew about this going in, before I submitted my documents. I find it strange that they'd say "sure, go ahead and send us the relevant paperwork" only to start ignoring me. Unless, of course, I'm in for something really, really bad.

Of course, it's entirely possible the superiors of this recruiter told her to forget about me.

My concern is that they'll see my LinkedIn profile conflicts with my application (app was truthful, LinkedIn a lie) and want to put on my DAC that I lied. I know I don't have my CDL yet, but I told them when I applied I'd be testing at DMV in a few days. What if they assume I passed and put something on my record? I failed, by the way.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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Blue Hotel, drop the paranoia!

You're barely even getting started in this whole process of landing a trucking job. I thought I'd never get hired when I first got into this. I got not only rejected, but sent home with my tail between my legs from three different orientations!

The DAC is not for catching people who haven't been fully straightforward on social media - forget it completely.

Stop fretting yourself and do these two things - call this recruiter every day, first thing in the morning, and then every hour on the hour until you get to talk to her. Simply ask her about the status of your application - it's literally that simple. Sometimes stuff gets buried and you can resurrect it by that simple action.

The second thing is send out some online apps to some other companies, be proactive, and dont be afraid of rejection. As soon as you get that shiny new CDL some trucking company is going to be proud to have you on board, but it will never happen while you're cowering behind your fears that someone is out to get you on your DAC report.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Blue Hotel's Comment
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I can understand all that, and I do plan on putting out more applications sooner rather than later.

My concern, of course, is that the company will see the application I submitted contains different information then what I have on LinkedIn, and they'll nail me on the DAC for lying to the company. Of course, as I've said before, I was honest with the company.

I'm sorry, I don't mean to just repeat my concerns over and over again like a parrot in need of therapy. I just don't want to have my career killed before I can even start. Driving was pretty much my way of fixing my long-term unemployment. I could write you an essay on how hard it has been, but I won't do that. I'm just scared. Everyone else has so much power and I'm just a loser without a job and a huge debt.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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