Motor Vehicle Records

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Does your business require employees to get behind the wheel in order to do their jobs? If so it is in the best interest of your company and every person on the road to make sure anyone driving on your behalf has a clean record.

What is an MVR Check?

A MVR (Motor Vehicle Report or Record) check and is a part of some background screening processes. It is used most often to provide information regarding an applicant’s or current employee’s driving history, displaying information such as DUI convictions, any traffic violations, or even unpaid parking tickets.

These records are kept by the Department of Motor Vehicles in each state. There is no such thing as a national database to search driving records, so MVRs are typically done only for the state where an applicant holds a current license.

StateTurn Around TimeHistorySearch Charge
AlaskaInstantEMPEntry Fee + $10.00
AlabamaInstantY3Entry Fee + $10.00
ArkansasInstantY3Entry Fee + $11.50
ArizonaInstantY3Entry Fee + $6.00
ArizonaInstantY5Entry Fee + $8.00
British Columbia2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $20.00
California24 HoursY3Entry Fee + $4.00
California InstantY3Entry Fee + $2.00
ColoradoInstantY3Entry Fee + $2.20
ConnecticutInstantY3Entry Fee + $18.00
District of ColumbiaInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.00
District of ColumbiaInstantY10Entry Fee + $13.00
DelawareInstantY3Entry Fee + $25.00
FloridaInstantY3Entry Fee + $8.10
FloridaInstantY7Entry Fee + $10.10
GeorgiaInstantY3Entry Fee + $6.00
GeorgiaInstantY7Entry Fee + $8.00
Guam8-9 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $17.50
Hawaii2 HoursY3Entry Fee + $23.00
IowaInstantY3Entry Fee + $10.30
IdahoInstantY3Entry Fee + $9.00
IllinoisInstantY3Entry Fee + $12.00
IndianaInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.50
KansasInstantY3Entry Fee + $13.70
KentuckyInstantY3Entry Fee + $5.50
LouisianaInstantY3Entry Fee + $18.00
MassachusettsInstantY3Entry Fee + $8.00
Manitoba2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $10.00
MarylandInstantY3Entry Fee + $12.00
MaineInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.00
MaineInstant Y10Entry Fee + $12.00
MichiganInstantY3Entry Fee + $11.00
MinnesotaInstantY3Entry Fee + $5.00
MissouriInstantY3Entry Fee + $5.88
MississippiInstantY3Entry Fee + $14.00
MontanaInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.37
New Brunswick2-3 weeksY3Entry Fee + $20.00
North CarolinaInstantY3Entry Fee + $10.00
North CarolinaInstantY7Entry Fee + $10.00
North DakotaInstantY3Entry Fee + $3.00
NebraskaInstantY3Entry Fee + $3.00
New HampshireInstantY3Entry Fee + $14.00
New JerseyInstantY3Entry Fee + $12.00
Newfoundland1-2 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $15.00
New MexicoInstantY3Entry Fee + $6.50
Nova Scotia2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $20.00
Northwest Territory2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $25.00
Nunavut2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $12.72
NevadaInstantY3Entry Fee + $8.00
New YorkInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.00
Ohio1 HourY3Entry Fee + $5.00
OklahomaInstantY3Entry Fee + $27.50
OntarioInstantY3Entry Fee + $15.00
OregonInstantY3Entry Fee + $11.83
PennsylvaniaInstantY3Entry Fee + $11.00
PennsylvaniaInstantY10Entry Fee + $14.00
Prince Edward2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $20.00
Puerto Rico8-9 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $15.00
Quebec2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $23.00
Rhode IslandInstantY3Entry Fee + $21.00
South CarolinaInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.25
South CarolinaInstantY10Entry Fee + $7.25
South DakotaInstantY3Entry Fee + $5.00
Saskatchewan2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $15.00
TennesseeInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.50
TexasInstantY3Entry Fee + $6.50
Texas (CDL)InstantCDEntry Fee + $7.50
Utah InstantY3Entry Fee + $11.00
Utah (CDL)InstantCDEntry Fee + $11.00
VirginiaInstantY3Entry Fee + $8.00
Virgin Islands2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $15.00
VermontInstantY3Entry Fee + $18.00
Washington (Emp)InstantEmpEntry Fee + $13.00
Washington InstantY3Entry Fee + $13.00
Washington (CDL)InstantC3Entry Fee + $13.00
WisconsinInstantY3Entry Fee + $7.00
West VirginiaInstant Y3Entry Fee + $12.50
WyomingInstantY3Entry Fee + $5.00
Wyoming (CDL)InstantCDEntry Fee + $5.00
Yukon2-3 WeeksY3Entry Fee + $10.00

What does an MVR Show?

An MVR will check for several pieces of information that show on a driver’s license as well as other violations, crimes, and other driving-related information. Most MVR’s will contain the following:

  • License Number
  • Expiration Date
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Restrictions
  • Height/Weight/Gender
  • Hair Color/Eye Color
  • Issue Date
  • Type of License

MVR’s also check for:

  • Accident Reports
  • Traffic Violations
  • License Suspensions
  • Vehicular Crimes
  • Driving Record Points

Why are MVRs important?

Employers need to know that an employee or candidate that will be driving for them is safe and responsible behind the wheel. Reviewing an applicant’s driving record will provide you an accurate picture of past driving history, i.e. (DWI, License Suspensions & Excessive Speeding)

If you are working in a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated industry you are required to request a new copy of each driver’s MVR every 12 months.

How Can I Run an MVR Check?

Each state has its own way of managing MVRs, so the amount of information and the manner of obtaining it may be different if you employ people in more than one state. Partnering with Intelligents ETV will help make getting MVRs much easier as you will only have to come to one site for all your motor vehicle record needs.

We offer standard and express services. Contact us to find out which is best for you.

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