By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer

Citing safety as its highest priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) which allows commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process.

According to a DOT news release, the Pre-Employment Screening Program “sends a strong message to commercial carriers and drivers” that the government agency “is serious about having the safest drivers behind the wheel of large trucks and buses.” Commercial carriers now have “an essential tool for making informed hiring decisions that will lead to safer drivers on our roads,” FMCSA officials say, and the PSP “raises the safety bar for the motor carrier industry and helps to make our roads safer for everyone.”

To better assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees, each Driver Information Resource (DIR) record contains the most recent five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data regardless of the state or jurisdiction. Drivers also have opportunities to verify their driving history data and correct any discrepancies. In addition, a driver’s records will be protected in accordance with federal privacy laws.

According to the Pre-Employment Screening Program page on the DOT website, the PSP helps motor carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing electronic access to a driver’s crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) which is comprised of driver performance data including:

  • Inspection and compliance review results;
  • Enforcement data;
  • State-reported crashes, and;
  • Motor carrier census data.

For more details on the PSP, visit

For more information about pre-employment screening and background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at