D.A.C. Some Clarity Please

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Mike C.'s Comment
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Got my CDL a few weeks ago. I have no experiance at all. I was hired out of school by a company I chose not to stay with. I left the company during my first week of orientation . The school I graduated from is looking for a new company for me but I wonder if I can do the same thing by myself also? I've been told that applying to companies can look bad on your D,A.C. report Is that true? The way I understood it is that it was like unto applying for credit and each application reduced your credit score so to speak.

I'm tempted to reach out to companies and look on my own but I'm afraid it will have a bad effect on my D.A.C.

Sorry if I ask dumb questions but I want to learn.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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It will show an inquiry by companies if they are doing a background search of drug results, driving history, employment records, etc.

The DAC is just like a credit report for commercial drivers.

I don't think it will have a negative effect when one is looking for a company to drive for. I say this because it doesn't seem to have had an effect in regards to my working for several companies in my first five years.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Applying for jobs won't have any negative effect on you.

The biggest problem will be quitting your first job at orientation, any company you apply to might be hesitant to offer you a position since they are not sure if you will stick around.

Mike C.'s Comment
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Bobcat Yeah, I worried about leaving before orientation was complete.

I have no experiance. About 100 miles +/- under my belt total and with instructors and the state test examiner. Three times total behind the wheel and maybe 45 minutes or so each time for I believe less than 100 miles total miles driven. The company I was hired by offered no trainer time at all. I was not comfortable with my total lack of experiance being issued a truck after about a week or so orientation, and I'm on my own.

Yes, I did have concern for my leaving but my decision was the correct one.

How it reflects on my DAC is, well, what it is. My decision was the right decision.

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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