If you hire certain commercial drivers that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates the checks below:
- DOT physical evaluation
- DOT drug & alcohol test
- DOT employment verification
- Commercial motor vehicle record (MVR)
DOT checks are available for candidates in the United States (US).
DOT physical evaluation
A medical provider with the qualifications below must perform the DOT physical evaluation:
- DOT medical provider license
- National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) certification
Depending on the evaluation result, the medical provider certifies the driver for a time period below:
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
- 2 years
DOT drug & alcohol tests
Collectors, employers, lab staff, and medical review officers (MROs) must follow strict testing and collection guidelines for DOT drug and breath alcohol tests.
The Checkr Dashboard usually has test results within three days of the candidate completing the appointment. Medical review officer (MRO) review extends the average turnaround time up to ten business days.
DOT employment verification
A DOT employment verification verifies the information below:
- Confirm the candidate's past three years of employment.
- Ask about the candidate's safety performance history.
- Ask about the candidate's drug and alcohol history.
The turnaround time for DOT employment verification varies depending on the responsiveness of the candidate's previous employers.
DOT checks are available as add-ons.
Checkr's MVR reports include candidates' driving histories. Checkr's commercial MVR reports include candidates' driving histories, Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) search, and candidates' medical certifications.
A medical certificate is a document that certifies that a commercial driver is fit to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in compliance with DOT regulations.
The locations below don't provide medical certificate data as part of a commercial MVR report:
- Puerto Rico
When hiring drivers to work in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, employers must request medical certificates directly from candidates.
The candidate provides the relevant personally identifying information (PII) below:
- Birth date
- Driver's license number
- Email address
- Full name
- Phone number
- Social Security number (SSN)
The candidate then reads and acknowledges receipt of applicable forms and authorizations:
- A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Disclosure Regarding Background Investigation
- Other state and required disclosures as applicable
- Authorization for a background check
For DOT physical evaluations and drug & alcohol tests, the candidate completes the steps below:
- Consent to the test.
- Select a test location.
- Confirm the appointment with the clinic, and schedule the test before the listed date.
- Download and print the pass.
- Bring the pass to the clinic for the test.
If you applied for a job and want to know your background check’s status, log in to the Checkr Candidate Portal.