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-provided information below:
- Birth date
- Driver's license number
- License expiration date
- 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
- Accidents (doesn't report fault)
- Medical certificates (if applicable)
Each government, not Checkr, determines how many years of driver history MVR reports include.
For customers subject to FMCSA regulations, Checkr's commercial MVR report searches commercial driver’s license (CDL) records. Contact Checkr to add commercial MVR to your account.
Checkr also searches the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) for previous commercial driver's licenses. If Checkr finds additional CDLs for a candidate in CDLIS, Checkr searches driving history for each CDL.
To order commercial MVR in Utah, state law requires you to create an account with the state.
MVR reports 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's license so that the search can continue.
United States and US territories
Pennsylvania requires an affidavit to order MVR reports, which can delay MVR report orders. Refer to FAQs about state-specific database searches (CORI, PATCH, and PennDOT) for more information.
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 can add MVR searches to a package from the Checkr Dashboard.
Play the Checkr Academy video below to learn the advantages and limitations of a motor vehicle record (MVR) report.
The candidate provides the relevant personally identifying information (PII) below:
- Birth date
- Email address
- Full name
- License number, expiration date, and issuing government
- Phone number
- Social Security number (SSN)
Candidates might also need to provide a copy of their driver's 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.