A motor vehicle record (MVR) report is a person’s driving history, reported by a government that issues driver licenses. In the United States (US), each state or territory has a department of motor vehicles (DMV) or other agency that reports these results. In Canada, the province or territory government reports these results.
MVR reports and candidate selection
MVR reports have driving record information to help you assess the risk posed by potential and current employees. Some convictions, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, appear only on MVR reports and not in criminal searches. To order an MVR report, you must have the candidate-information below:
- Birth date
- Driver license number
- License issuing government
Governments might differ in the information they report, but MVR reports usually include the information below:
- Full name
- Current license status
- Current license type
- Current license class
- Current license expiration date
- Current license issue date
- Current license first issued date
Each government, not Checkr, determines how many years of driver history MVR reports include.
MVR reports are usually complete within 24 hours. Most MVR reports complete within a few minutes.
When Checkr finds no matching MVR, it’s usually because the candidate incorrectly entered their personally identifying information. In this situation, we automatically email the candidate asking them to submit a photo of their driver license so that the search can continue.
United States and US territories
Pennsylvania requires an affidavit to order MVR reports, which lengthens the turnaround time.
MVR reports are unavailable for the areas below:
- American Samoa (AS)
- Guam (GU)
- Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
- US Virgin Islands (VI)
- US Armed Forces - Americas (AA)
- US Armed Forces - Europe (AE)
- US Armed Forces - Pacific (AP)
If you set the work location as Canada, MVR reports include results from the province or territory that issued the license.
MVR searches are available as standalone searches. You canadd MVR searches to a package from the Checkr Dashboard.
The candidate provides the relevant personally identifying information (PII) below:
- Birth date
- Driver license number and issuing government
- Email address
- Full name
- Phone number
- Social Security number (SSN)
Candidates might also need to provide a copy of their driver license.
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
After the candidate signs the authorization form, Checkr starts the search.
If you applied for a job and want to know your background check’s status, log in to the Checkr Candidate Portal.