Beginner’s Guide to Motor Vehicle Records

What’s an MVR?

“MVR” stands for motor vehicle record, sometimes known as a motor vehicle report. This MVR, created by a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, gives a summary of vehicular incidents a driver has racked up within a specific time period. Oftentimes, this timeframe is anywhere from three to seven years. Simply put, an MVR is used to indicate to an employer that their applicant or employee is considered a safe driver.

What’s on an MVR?

MVRs contain a variety of information and can vary state-to-state depending on what the state at hand records. Typically, MVRs contain the information including driver’s name, address, birth date, license number, license class, civil traffic violations, vehicular crimes, endorsements and if applicable based off state, number of points, to name a few. Overall, MVRs contain a wealth of information that can tell you a lot about the past, present and future behaviors of a driver.

Is MVR data useful?

Yes, MVR data is incredibly useful. Whether your employee is looking at the information on your MVR after pulling it or an insurer, the data points that are on an MVR can be indicative of not just present but also future risk. The more incidents you have present on your current driver record, the more likely you are to engage in high-risk behaviors in the future or even cause a fatal crash.

Additionally, you can use MVR data to most accurately define what your company deems is an acceptability standard for the risk you’re willing to take on. One of the best ways to do this? Through the implementation of a comprehensive safety policy as well as continuous driver monitoring.

Why MVRs matter when implementing continuous driver monitoring

MVRs are the lifeblood of continuous driver monitoring, allowing your company to do away with the once antiquated way of pulling MVRs manually. Instead, the software gives you unparalleled near real-time insight into your entire driver base, helping you understand who is behind the wheel on behalf of your company through alerts any time one of your drivers receives a negative violation.

Having all information in one centralized location allows your company to essentially digitize and more easily enforce a comprehensive safety policy. Some of the biggest benefits found through continuous driver monitoring include:

  • Avoiding manual MVR pulls
  • Eliminating reliance on self-reporting
  • Tossing those messy spreadsheets with multiple sources of data
  • Getting rid of manual violation tracking
  • Reducing your administrative burden
  • Stopping your sifting through MVRs to find who your drivers with expired licensure are
  • And more!

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