Did you know that DISA provides DOT background checks?

DISA’s DOT background checks ensure that you remain in compliance with all required DOT regulations. Completing millions of background items annually, DISA is one of the largest third-party background screening administrators in the industry. By crafting an all-encompassing policy, employers can help keep their company covered. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following is required for a background screening:

Motor Vehicle Records

The FMCSA requires carriers to obtain motor vehicle records from each state in which the applicant has held a CDL license or permit in for the last three years. Procurement of a CDLIS report can provide the states where MVRs should be obtained. Within 30 days of employment, copies of the records must be added to the applicant’s driver qualification file. If none were collected, it must be documented that no such MVRs exist. An annual MVR is also required during the driver’s continued employment.

FMCSA Safety Performance

Each carrier is required to investigate the applicant’s past three years of safety history for the following:

  • Verify previous employment, which may include letters, interviews, and/or other methods of verification
  • Determine if the driver has been involved in any crashes
  • Gather information regarding accidents or incidents
  • Injuries?
  • Fatalities?
  • Hazmat Spills?

DOT Testing History

The FMCSA requires that employers look at the previous three years of drug history checks to determine if the driver had any drug or alcohol violations. This includes whether the driver has ever tested positive on a DOT drug or alcohol test, refused to test, or completed or failed a substance abuse rehabilitation program.


Additionally, as part of the DOT employment verification, employers need to query the FMCSA Clearinghouse. As your trusted third-party TPA, DISA can perform queries on your behalf when requested (orders must be placed through our online platform; DISA does not conduct queries automatically).


By implementing DISA’s DOT mandated employee screening requirements, you can make smart hiring decisions that reduce potential liability. For more information on our DOT background checks, contact us today.