A truck driver’s DAC report is an important document for every American trucker. Most trucking companies at an interview for a driving job, are very interested in reviewing the information contained in this comprehensive document.
Since the report contains a lot of critical and sensitive data, and the submission of this data that makes up the report, isn’t well patrolled, the DAC system suffers from abuse by some companies. In turn, a bad DAC for a trucker can have devastating effects on his career.
There has been much controversy over the use of the DAC report within the trucking industry. It is often misused by American carriers as a means of revenge on a former employee or owner operator.
The following includes information to help the trucker understand the basics behind the DAC, how to obtain a report, and most importantly how to keep a DAC in good order.
What is a DAC Report?
The DAC (Drive-A-Check), is essentially a comprehensive document with a great deal of detail about the truck driver. It is a record of the commercial driver and his/her history, loaded with personal information and data relating to their track record driving commercial vehicles, since first being licensed with a CDL.
The report gives important data that is useful to trucking companies, especially prospective employers, to help them assess whether or not the driver would be a suitable fit for employment at their company. Reviewing a driver’s work habits and employment history can be very helpful, when hiring someone to drive an 80,000 lb truck and trailer.
Why Do I Need a DAC?
The DAC report is the gold standard of the U.S. trucking industry, used to verify sensitive information and records on commercial drivers, to determine their suitability for hire and retaining their employment with a company.
Not every trucking company utilizes the DAC, but most do.
Where Can I Get My DAC Report?
HireRight will provide you with a no charge copy of your personal report, on an annual basis. Along with the report you can also find out who has most recently received copies of your personal data.
If you’d rather make your request by phone, or have any further specific questions, call 1-800-381-0645.
HireRight is a private business. They actually pay carriers for information on their drivers. Some believe that this practice is highly unfair and needs serious revamping, due to the large number of false data submitted to them. However, until such time as the standards change, this is the way it is done.
Remember: HireRight pays the carrier for the information, so their obligation is to the carrier, not the truck driver. Just something to keep in mind.
What Information Appears on the DAC Report?
Sensitive Identification – Social security id #, driver’s license #, birth date, etc.
2 Sections on the DAC Report
1. Driving Record (from the driver’s home state) – Will show any incidents, accidents, tickets, violations. Anything reported in this section, usually stays there: not much hope for removal due to expensive legal costs.
2. Trucker’s Work History – Will show preventable and non-preventable accidents and incidents and anything else pertaining to the operation of a commercial vehicle.
Kind of trucking: flatbed, temperature-control, van, drop-deck, tanker
Detail about work habits, promptness and a lot more!
Company Orientation History – The report can show if a driver attended a pre-hire program for training and then quit, for whatever reason. A few of these on a DAT could indicate to an employer, that they too would be wasting training money on the driver, and could decide not to hire the driver.
Leaving a Job – Employers will note load abandonment and any other details pertaining to leaving the company. There will be reasons noted for being let go or leaving a driving position.
Criminal Record Data – Charges, convictions and history.
Drug and Alcohol Testing History –Lists test results of negative or positive, as well as refusal to be tested.
How Often Should I Request a DAC?
Even if you’re confident your file is correct or there’s no reason to be concerned about derogatory information on your report, be sure to request the report annually anyway, just to be sure. Many truckers are surprised by what actually appears on their report when they receive it.
How to Handle Incorrect Information on Your DAC Report: Disputes
Inaccurate or completely false information can appear on a driver’s record, conveying the wrong message to a potential employer. It’s then up to the trucker, to dispute the incorrect data, and have it removed from the report. Not an easy task.
Be certain to send to get your letter certified, when disputing a claim.
WHEN YOU SEE INCORRECT DATA ON YOUR DAC, FILE YOUR CLAIM NOW.
DO NOT DELAY.
Steps to File a Claim for False/Wrong Information on Your DAC Report
1. Click on the link above to file a dispute claim.
2. Then click on the gray link on the landing page to to file a dispute.
3. Read through the steps and click, ‘I agree and wish to continue’.
4. On the next screen, complete the personal information.
5. Then you’ll go on to complete the details of your claim. Follow the prompts to give HIreRight all the information needed to process the disputed data.
Will I Ever Get Another Job With a Bad DAC Report?
If your DAC file is scarred, you may have trouble finding a job. My best advice is not to sit back and give up, if
Go to local trucking companies in your area, as well as smaller companies, and be up front with them. No point in trying to beat around the bush, or lie to them.
Explain your situation in a professional manner, and ask to complete an application. Tell them you’d be willing to start at the ‘bottom’ (because basically, this will be like starting all over again as a new driver), and you’d like a second chance. Sometimes at the smaller carriers, the owner has a hand’s on policy, where he interviews drivers himself, and if he likes you, he may decide to hire you for some local work or shunt work, that could progress to something more to your liking.
Sitting back and moaning and groaning goes no where. Send out as many applications as you’re able. Companies won’t be pounding at YOUR door to hire you…. you need to chase them down. Be prepared to knock on a lot of doors.
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