When you’re looking for a new trucking job, reputable hiring companies will likely run a background check before hiring you. Having a proper background check is crucial in ensuring only the safest operators are on the road. So what does an employee background check entail?
Application for Employment
Each employer can develop an employment application that is tailored to their specific needs. At a minimum, the form must contain specific information specified in §391.21(b) by the FMCSA.
The basic information required must contain the following:
(1) The name and address of the employing motor carrier
(2) The applicant’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number
(3) The addresses at which the applicant has resided during the three years prior to the date on which the application is submitted
(4) The date on which the application is submitted
Current CDLs: Each application must also include your current CDLs and the expiration date of each unexpired license or permit that has been issued to you.
Experience: The nature and extent of your experience in the operation of motor vehicles must be included. This includes any type of equipment such as trucks, truck tractors, semitrailers, full trailers, pole trailers, and buses that you have operated, as well as time hauling certain specialized equipment.
Accidents: If you have been involved in any motor vehicle accidents during the three years preceding the date the application is submitted, you must specify the date and nature of each accident and any fatalities or personal injuries it caused.
Violations: Any violations of motor vehicle laws or ordinances during the three years preceding the date the application is submitted must also be included.
Employment History: A list of both the names and addresses of your former employment, along with the reason for leaving, should be incorporated.
Prior to obtaining your CLP, the past ten years of your driving record will be reviewed and the information gathered may include:
- Driving history (state designates how far back the history is required)
- Speeding or other moving violations
- Chargeable accidents
- DUI offenses
- Suspension or revocations
- Accumulation of points