The FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program, as stated on the FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program FAQ Page, is “a screening tool that allows motor carriers and individual drivers to purchase driving records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).” Ok, so the Federal Government is maintaining information on truck drivers. That probably sounds terrifying to most drivers. I know it does to me. So naturally it raises a lot of questions:
- What information do they have?
- Who can view this information
- How do I know if the information is accurate?
- What if something is inaccurate, can I get it corrected?
- How will this affect my CDL and my truck driving career?
Let’s take a look at the program and get answers to these questions and a many others.
FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program Overview
The FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program is intended to improve the quality of safety data and help employers make more informed decisions when hiring commercial drivers. So what does the safety information include? According to their website:
The PSP (Pre-Employment Screening Program) data includes the most recent 5 years of crash data and 3 years of roadside inspection data from the FMCSA MCMIS (Motor Carrier Management Information System).
Interestingly enough, it does not include traffic violations. The PSP is completely separate from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles driving record. The PSP will only include roadside DOT inspections and crashes – not traffic violations.
Who Can View My Pre-Employment Screening Information?
According to the Pre-Employment Screening website:
Motor carriers may request Driver Information Resource records solely for the purpose of conducting pre-employment screening and only with the operator-applicant’s (driver’s) written consent. Individual drivers or operator-applicants may purchase their own Driver Information Resource record at any time.
It is not mandatory that a trucking company use the Pre-Employment Screening Program to evaluate a driver before hiring, but they surely will. And just as it is with the driving record from your state’s DMV, a trucking company can access your Pre-Employment Screening information with a driver’s written consent. A driver can also access their own information for a fee of $10.
What If My Pre-Employment Screening Information Is Inaccurate?
There is a website available that any driver can go to and register a complaint against their records. It’s called the DataQs system and you can find the DataQs website here.
How Will The PSP Affect Me As A Driver?
The effect of this program overall will not be a real big deal. Basically, what this program does is to accurately track your accident and roadside DOT inspection information. Your state’s DMV is already tracking your traffic violations, and now this program will be added to that in order to give a trucking company a better idea of a truck driver’s overall safety performance.