The DAC Report And Your MVR: How Companies Use Them For Hiring

by Rhonda

Right or wrong, things are not as simple as they were a few years ago. There are more regulations to deal with and more are added each year. Your DAC , MVR , and even your credit history will be looked at to see if you will be a worthy employee to work at many jobs, not just CDL driving jobs.

What Is A DAC Report?

As reported from the DAC Services website:

"The American Trucking Associations and 27 state trucking associations endorse USIS as their preferred vendor for employment screening and drug/alcohol testing service. In addition to transportation-specific services, DAC provides criminal records, motor vehicle records, social security number verifications, credit reports, drug/alcohol test histories and workers' compensation and injury reports."

The most important report - the one most of the subscribers request - is the employment history report, which will include information such as number of accidents, reason for quitting or being terminated, rehire eligibility, type of driving, trailer types pulled, commodities hauled, etc.

Something Critical You Should Know


DAC Services assembles reports with information obtained from various sources including, but not limited to, a driver's previous employers. DAC is not required to verify the information supplied by employers unless or until a report is disputed by the driver. So basically, whatever a former employer would like to say about you, whether true or not, will be on your report and will not be investigated unless you report a dispute. That is what causes many "DAC nightmares" that drivers experience from former employers.

How Do Companies Use This Information?

DAC is produced by USIS Commercial Services. USIS is a driver license and work history check. I used this for a year while employed in the office. Many trucking company insurance agencies will also check out drivers before they can be hired. The insurance company may tell the employer that a certain driver will not be covered or has one more year to wait to be hired due to _____ - Or we will cover this driver at a higher cost.

Those who have been in the driving business for a while may already know this. If your employer does it, you will receive several notices from your state license bureau that "you are receiving this report because of a check into your record from _______." Past records give employers an idea of your history and they try to determine what they can expect of you in the future if you are hired.

Look at it from the company's side. What type of a driver do you want in your semi or school bus? This person represents you and your company. For the trucking side, the driver can bring new business to your employer due to your actions on the road - safe, courteous driving and a clean vehicle tell people that this employer/driver takes pride in their work and their vehicles. And just the opposite can happen if you lack professionalism.

Your DAC report should match your employment history on driving with each employer and give drug and alcohol testing info - did you take any tests, did you pass them, and did you refuse to take any tests?

The employer will likely ask you for more details regarding the yes/no questions if they want a detailed answer to clarify a question on your DAC or MVR. Sometimes the yes or no we fill out needs clarification in person because there is no room on the paper to do so.

Your driving record also includes your personal vehicle when you have a CDL. A CDL holder is held to higher standards and is expected to drive professionally both on duty and off duty.


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.


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.

Motor Vehicle Record:

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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
by Brett Aquila

Related Articles:

New Truck Drivers: Beware Of Rocking The Boat

by Brett Aquila

Recently a student truck driver discovered that the trainer was smoking pot in the truck while the student was driving. How should you handle this?

Regulation And Scrutiny Of Truck Drivers Increasing Steadily

by Brett Aquila

A recent announcement by the FMCSA shows that there will be even greater scrutiny for truck drivers and trucking companies coming very soon.

My Overweight Ticket

by Rhonda

Your axle weights have to be legal before entering the highway, but what can a truck driver do if you're not sure and there's no scale at the shipper?

Inside Trucking Part 2: Understanding Company Expenses

by Rhonda

Controlling costs in trucking is critical to the success of trucking companies, and drivers should be doing their part to help - for their own sake.

What I Learned My First Year As A Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

I've completed my first year as a truck driver and here's a rundown of some surprises about the job and the lifestyle of an over the road trucker.

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver is a big career choice. When will you know if you belong in trucking, or if you should walk away? Read on - we'll let you know

Understanding Rights In The Trucking Industry

by Dave Ashelman

What rights do truck drivers have? Here’s a brief overview of some of the common issues drivers face with their bosses, and the remedies they can seek.

The Unexpected Call

by TruckersWife09

Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.

Stereotypes And Trucking: A Match Made In The Cab

by Dave Ashelman

Stereotypes of truckers are hurting your trucking career, even if you don't fit the mold. It's time to step up, take pride, and expect more of ourselves.

Rites Of Passage On The Highway

by Dave Ashelman

Many folks come into truck driving believing they should be treated like gold without having to prove themselves first. That's simply not how it works.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More