• Motor vehicle record (MVR) reports >

    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
    • Restrictions
    • Endorsements
    • Suspensions
    • Violations
    • Accidents (doesn't report fault)
    • Medical certificates (if applicable)
    Note

    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.

    Turnaround time

    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.

    Region availability

    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)

    Canada

    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.

    Video overview

    Play the Checkr Academy video below to learn the advantages and limitations of a motor vehicle record (MVR) report.

    Candidate experience

    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.

  • Motor vehicle record (MVR) rules (US only) >

    You can set rules that evaluate a candidate’s motor vehicle record (MVR) and determine the report’s status. MVR rules apply in the United States (US) only.

    Default MVR rules

    Checkr uses the default rules below for MVR reports:

    • Driver must be licensed to drive a passenger vehicle or motorcycle
    • Driver must be over 18
    • No cell phone or distracted driving violation in the past three years
    • No major violation in the past five years (such as DUIs or speeding 40+ mph over the limit)
    • No more than one moving violation in the past three years AND no more than one accident in the past three years
    • No more than two accidents in the past three years
    • No more than two moving violations in the past three years (such as failure to stop at a stop sign, following too closely, or improper passing)

    You can change the default rules by package and by geographical region to match the drivers you hire. Checkr recommends that customers customize their rules to match their hiring needs. 

    Hiring commercial drivers

    Customized rules are especially useful for customers who hire commercial drivers. For example, if you hire a commercial driver, you should confirm that they have a commercial driver's license (CDL).

    When a commercial MVR report includes driving histories for multiple licenses, the same customized rules apply for each driving history.

    To change the default rules, contact Checkr.

    Note

    Each state, not Checkr, determines how many years of driver history MVR reports include.

    Custom MVR rules

    Accident-based rules

    You can set accident-based rules based on the items below:

    • Fatality
    • Personal injury
    • Property damage
    • Years since the accident

    Violation-based rules

    If you set violation-based rules, you can assign significance to violation categories that you specify. Checkr lets you customize violations with classification codes based on the AAMVA Code Dictionary (ACD). For example, a rule that requires drivers to have no more than five moving violations applies to violations that you've categorized as “moving violation.” Uncategorized violations or violations in different categories don't count toward this particular rule.

    Driving history rules

    Driving history rules let you require that candidates have a certain number of years of driving history. To validate a candidate’s driving history, opt in to Checkr’s Previous License History Collection feature. If the candidate's current license doesn't meet your minimum-driving-experience rule, Checkr asks for previous license information for additional reports. The feature itself doesn't cost anything, but service and passthrough DMV fees apply. To opt in, contact Checkr.

  • Driver’s license verification >

    Driver’s license verifications can instantly verify whether a candidate has a valid driver's license. You can request driver's license verification for all Canada’s provinces and territories. Driver's license verification records include the information below:

    • Class
    • Driver interlock status
    • Status
    • Suspension status
    • Validity

    Consent requirement

    Before Checkr can complete a driver's license verification, the candidate must consent to the verification. When giving consent, candidates also provide the personally identifying information below (PII):

    • Birth name
    • Family name
    • Gender
    • Birthdate
    • Birthplace
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Address
    • Issuing province
    • Driver's license Number
    • License class
    • Expiration date
    • Photo of driver's license

    Turnaround time

    After the candidate consents, Checkr usually gets driver's license verification results instantly.

    Order verification

    You can order driver's license verification from the Checkr Dashboard:

    1. Select "Order background check."
    2. Complete the fields below:
    • Email address
    • Geo
    1. Select International Motor Vehicle Report.

    Review results

    Driver's license verification results include the information below:

    • Country of issue
    • Province of issue
    • License status
    • License class
    • License number
    • License expiration date
  • DOT checks >

    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 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.

    Ordering

    DOT checks are available as add-ons.

    Commercial MVR

    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.

    Commercial MVR reports are available as standalone searches. You can add commercial MVR reports to a package by contacting Checkr.

    Medical certificate

    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:

    • Hawaii
    • Puerto Rico

    When hiring drivers to work in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, employers must request medical certificates directly from candidates.

    Candidate experience

    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:

    1. Consent to the test.
    2. Select a test location.
    3. Confirm the appointment with the clinic, and schedule the test before the listed date.
    4. Download and print the pass.
    5. 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.

  • Continuous MVR >
    Important

    Continuous MVR is available only for select accounts with high-volume hiring. Contact Checkr for details.

    Continuous MVR (motor vehicle record) monitors your drivers' records for driving violations and license status changes. When Continuous MVR detects a change to a driver’s record, you get a full MVR report that applies your adjudication criteria.

    Note

    Continuous MVR shows incidents from after the driver’s enrollment. Continuous MVR doesn’t show records from before the driver’s enrollment.

    Driver’s license monitoring

    Continuous MVR searches for new records for enrolled drivers at least once a month. If Continuous MVR detects a change, it generates an MVR report from the jurisdiction you selected.

    Checkr uses the data sources below:

    • State-sponsored sources: As each state's permissible purpose law allows, states offer the monitoring services below:
      • Violation monitoring: Violation monitoring provides information about violations, including those below:
        • Driving under the influence (DUI)
        • Driving with a suspended license
        • Failure to obey a traffic signal
        • Speeding

    Some states also provide information about certain accidents.

    • Status monitoring: Status monitoring provides information about license status changes or revokations. Some states provide the reason for the suspension or revocation.
    • Non-state-sponsored sources: In states with no state-sponsored notification program, Continuous MVR searches criminal and civil traffic court records or other .

    You can use Checkr's default MVR rules or customize your own to adjudicate your reports.

    Billing

    After Checkr receives your Continuous MVR order, Checkr adds Continuous MVR to your invoice. Your invoice might include several lines for Continuous MVR, including passthrough fees.

    Beginning the first month of each driver's enrollment, Checkr collects a monthly service fee for each enrolled driver. Some states also collect fees for the events below:

    • Each driver enrollment
    • Each MVR report that Continuous MVR produces
    • The anniversary of each driver’s enrollment

    Your invoice lists charges for each MVR report that Continuous MVR generates.

    If a state doesn't enroll a driver, Checkr removes the driver from Continuous MVR and you stop paying for their enrollment.

  • International Motor Vehicle Record (IMVR) >
    Note

    If your Checkr account is integrated with a partner, international background checks might be unavailable. To determine whether your account supports this feature, contact Checkr.

    This article contains the following FAQs: 

    What is International Motor Vehicle Record (IMVR)?

    IMVR assesses the validity of a license, its class or classes, and current suspensions. IMVR provides information about whether the driver is legally eligible to drive and includes the information on a physical driver’s license. IMVR is currently available to candidates with a Canadian work location and a Canadian driver’s license.

    What is International Motor Vehicle Record with History (IMVR with History)?

    IMVR with History expands on IMVR results to include driver history information such as convictions, violations, and conditions. IMVR with History is currently available to candidates with a Canadian work location and a Canadian driver’s license.

    How long does an International Motor Vehicle Record (IMVR) take to complete?

    Unless Checkr requires additional input from the candidate, turnaround time is real-time, within seconds.

    How long does International Motor Vehicle Record with History (IMVR with History) take to complete?

    The average turnaround time varies depending on the location but ranges from hours to weeks. Here are the general turnaround times by province:

    Location

    Turnaround time

    Alberta

    N/A - must be provided by the candidate

    British Columbia

    10 business days

    Manitoba

    15 business days

    New Brunswick

    2 business days

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    5 business days

    Northwest Territories

    10 business days

    Nova Scotia

    N/A - must be provided by the candidate

    Nunavut

    10 business days

    Ontario

    1 business day

    Prince Edward Island

    3 business days

    Quebec

    45-60 business days

    Saskatchewan

    2 business days

    Yukon

    5 business days

    For more information about non-US screenings, visit the International Screenings section of the Checkr Help Center. If you'd like to add new packages to your account, contact Checkr Customer Support.

  • International motor vehicle record (MVR) report with history >

    Overview

    An international motor vehicle record (MVR) report with history helps you determine whether a candidate’s driving history is suitable and reliable enough for them to drive for you. Assessing candidates' driving histories helps you hire for positions that involve using a company vehicle, transporting goods, or representing an organization while traveling.

    International MVR reports with history verifies the information below:

    • Name
    • Birth date
    • License class
    • Violations
    • Suspensions

    The information in the report is limited to a single province, so you should search for the candidate’s record in the province that issued their driver’s license. Due to privacy legislation, Alberta provides MVR reports to candidates only. Candidates with licenses from Alberta get their own MVR reports and upload them to Checkr Canada.

    Turnaround time

    Turnaround times for international MVR reports vary depending on which government issued the candidate’s driver’s license:

    • Alberta: Not applicable
    • British Columbia: Ten business days
    • Manitoba: 15 business days
    • New Brunswick: One business day
    • Newfoundland and Labrador: Four business days
    • Northwest Territories: Six business days
    • Nova Scotia: Seven business days
    • Nunavut: Two business days
    • Ontario: One business day
    • Prince Edward Island: Two business days
    • Quebec: 30 business days
    • Saskatchewan: One business day
    • Yukon: Two business days

    Candidate experience

    The candidate provides the relevant personally identifying information (PII) below:

    • Birth date
    • Birth place
    • Completed provincial consent form
    • Driver’s license number
    • Email address
    • Full name
    • Gender
    • Photo of license

    The candidate then reads and acknowledges receipt of applicable forms and authorizations. After the candidate signs the authorization form, Checkr starts the search.

  • Review international motor vehicle record (MVR) report with history >

    Ordering

    To order international motor vehicle record (MVR) reports with history, complete the steps below:

    1. In the Checkr Dashboard, select "Order background check."
    2. Complete the fields.
    3. Select “International motor vehicle report (MVR) with history.”

    Results

    The results below appear in the candidate's file:

    • Current driver information
      • Full name
      • Country of issue
      • Province of issue
      • License status
      • License class
      • License number
      • License expiration date
    • Results
      • Download result
      • License status
      • Actual license class
      • Violations (if the record has violations)

    You can set adjudication rules to automatically accept certain results and designate other results for further review. Regardless of rules, the original MVR report is attached to the results.

  • British Columbia Enhanced Plus search >

    Overview

    The British Columbia (BC) Enhanced Plus search, created with the BC Passenger Transportation Board, improves the application process for BC taxi and rideshare drivers.

    A BC Police Service provider flags candidates who have records, according to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) regulations below:

    • Convictions, within the previous 10 years, for offenses under the Criminal Code or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada)
    • An outstanding charge for offenses under the Criminal Code or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada)
    • A conviction for any of the offenses below, regardless of time frame, including previous versions of these offenses:
      • Air or maritime safety offenses (sections 76 to 78)
      • Arson - disregard for human life (section 433)
      • Assault offenses (sections 267 to 269.1)
      • Assaulting peace officer (sections 270.01 and 270.02)
      • Breaking and entering offenses (sections 348 to 351)
      • Criminal negligence, murder, infanticide, bodily harm (sections 219 to 248)
      • Hate crimes (sections 318 and 319)
      • Kidnapping, trafficking in persons, hostage taking (sections 279 to 281)
      • Mischief causing actual danger to life (section 430 (2))
      • Offenses involving explosives (sections 79 to 82.6)
      • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (section 88)
      • Robbery and extortion (sections 343 to 346)
      • Robbery to steal firearm (section 98.1)
      • Terrorism (part II.1)
      • Use of firearm in commission of offense (section 85)
    • A conviction for the offenses below regardless of time frame, including previous versions of these offenses:
      • Child pornography (section 163.1)
      • Obtaining, producing or advertising sexual services (section 286.1 to 286.4)
      • Removal of child from Canada for sexual purposes (section 273.3)
      • Sexual assault (sections 271 to 273)
      • Sexual interference, sexual touching, sexual exploitation (sections 151 to 153.1)

    The turnaround time for BC Enhanced Plus search is one business day.

    Data sources

    BC Enhanced Plus search searches the national and local databases below:

    CPIC Search

    • If an applicant self-declares a conviction, Checkr searches the applicable Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) databases.
    • If the CPIC search confirms the applicant’s self-declared conviction, the application changes to Confirmed if no search in the additional categories below causes the application to change to Incomplete.
    • The application will be marked “Negative” if the CPIC search finds no convictions and non search in the additional categories below causes the application to be marked “Incomplete.”
    • If the CPIC search finds undeclared criminal convictions, the application will be marked as “Incomplete.”
    • If the CPIC search finds outstanding charges, warrants, prohibits or conditions, the application will be marked as “Incomplete”.

    PIP Search

    • Specific to each applicant, the department searches the Police Information Portal (PIP) database to find the information below:
      • Additional criminal offense convictions, either indictable or summary
      • Applicant-specific incident role code of charged, recommend charges, suspect, or suspect chargeable.
    • If the PIP search finds convictions or role code entries, the application will be marked as “Incomplete.”

    PRIME Search

    • Specific to each applicant, the Department will query the Police Records Information Management Environment (PRIME) database and seek to identify adverse police contact, as indicated by the following role codes: recommend charges, suspect or suspect chargeable.
    • If the PRIME search reveals any of the above specified role code entries, the application will be marked as “Incomplete”.

    Court Services Online (JUSTIN) Search

    • Specific to each applicant, the Department will query the Court Services Online (JUSTIN) database and seek to identify any and all additional criminal offense convictions recorded therein, either indictable or summary.
    • If the JUSTIN search reveals any additional convictions, the application will be marked as “Incomplete”.

    How to Order

    You can order a BC Enhanced Plus search from the main page of the dashboard.

    1. Select "Order background check."
    2. Complete the four fields below. You can include a phone number or reference number if your organization needs one:
      1. Reason for Request
      2. First Name
      3. Last Name
      4. Email address
    3. Select BC Enhanced Plus Police Record search.

    Results

    To review the results of a BC Enhanced Plus search, select the file number.

    The BC Enhanced Plus Search returns the results below:

    Clear/Negative

    The authorized databases have no additional information that matches the candidate's name and birth date.

    Unclear/Additional Check Recommended

    Refer the candidate to their local police detachment to get a Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector (PIC VS). The candidate can upload their PIC VS for your team’s review. Rejected candidates can contact the PTB to appeal the decision.