One of the first things a truck driving company will look at when hiring new drivers is the driver’s DAC report. This report, short for Drive-A-Check, tells companies what a CDL driver’s history is like. It lets them know about the period of service, loads hauled, equipment operated, accidents, traffic violations, and drug and alcohol history. The DAC report allows hiring companies to instantly access a driver’s work history and determine if they are a good fit for the company.
How Do You Get a DAC Report?
The information that goes on a DAC report is collected by a company called HireRight. They take a driver’s DAC report and sell it to trucking companies who are looking to hire. To receive a copy of your report, visit HireRight’s request page. You will be required to provide your name, address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, and phone number.
Your CDL DAC report will be mailed to you and isn’t available digitally. It typically takes around 10-15 days to receive in the mail. You’ll also receive a list of all the companies who have received your report in the last two years.
How Much Does a DAC Report Cost?
DAC reports are regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), so there are certain regulations and protections you have under the U.S. Government. One of these protections is that you must be able to receive a free copy of your DAC report annually. If you want a copy of your report more frequently, additional copies cost $9.50 each.
How Long Does Something Stay on Your DAC Report?
Truck drivers’ DAC reports will always contain basic information like dates of employment, driver’s license number, and training courses. However, after seven years, your DAC report won’t include any information about job performance, reason for leaving, rehire eligibility, or accident information. This means that if you made a mistake at the beginning of your career as a truck driver, you won’t have to worry about it following you around forever.
How Can You Dispute Something on a DAC Report?
Since your DAC report will be used to determine your eligibility for a new job, it’s a good idea to regularly check your report for accuracy. Occasionally, irresponsible trucking companies falsify reports to get back at drivers. If you find information that isn’t correct, you can dispute it with HireRight on their dispute page. The dispute process could take up to 30 days while the report is being investigated. If the dispute is serious enough, you might even consider hiring an attorney or company that specializes in DAC report disputes.
Your DAC report determines where you can be hired and how much money you will make. Your work history and background let hiring companies know if you will be a good representative of their brand when you drive a truck with their name on it. Be sure to regularly check your CDL DAC report for inconsistencies to ensure you’re eligible for the best jobs available.
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