FMCSA studied PSP’s impact on safety and the results showed that companies using PSP to screen new hires lowered their crash rates by 8% and driver out-of-service rates by 17%, on average!
The FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) Website has been updated with the December 29, 2017 snapshot from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The term “snapshot” refers to data captured from the MCMIS database as it appears on a particular date.
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DRIVERS, ACCESS YOUR PSP RECORD TODAY
The program helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing secure, electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening for the carrier industry.
The PSP customer service team is available Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 6 PM ET, and on Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM ET. You can email them at PSPhelp@egov.com or call them toll-free at 1-877-642-9499.
PSP records contain descriptions of any FMCSA-reportable crashes that occurred in the last five years, or roadside inspections that happened in the last three years. The record will show any crashes or inspections with which you were involved, without indicating that these incidents were your fault. View a sample PSP record.
PSP AND MVR: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) PSP report and a state motor vehicle record (MVR) offer different
information. Both are important sources of data to consider when hiring a commercial driver. Let’s look at the differences.
WHAT’S IN A PSP REPORT?
• Crash and roadside inspection data are submitted to FMCSA and stored in the Motor Carrier Management Information
System (MCMIS). PSP reports consist of commercial motor vehicle driver information from the federal MCMIS database.
• A PSP report displays a driver’s 5-year crash history and 3-year roadside inspection history. This includes all serious safety
violations that are cited during an inspection. Conviction information is not included on the PSP report.
• When requesting a PSP record, motor carriers should submit each CDL number a driver has held in the last 5 years.
WHAT’S IN AN MVR?
• States maintain records of drivers’ motor vehicle convictions known as MVRs. Conviction data is posted
periodically to an MVR, depending on each state’s unique process.
• An MVR includes information related only to the driver’s license issued by a particular state and includes data for
any type of vehicle, including passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial trucks, and buses.
• An MVR displays only a driver’s conviction data, which typically remains on an MVR for 3-5 years, but this varies by state.
WHY ARE THE REPORTS DIFFERENT?
• An MVR shows what a driver has been convicted of by a state court.
• Citations, warnings, and tickets yet to be settled in the courts will not appear on an MVR.
• A PSP report includes violations collected at the roadside inspection or crash, which is sent to MCMIS. The PSP
report does not include citations, warnings, or tickets.
• Violations from a roadside inspection, or a crash, will not appear on an MVR. Convictions resulting from a
violation will appear on an MVR. These violations, however, will remain on the driver’s PSP report.
• A PSP report and MVR may not match, because a citation, warning, or ticket can be reduced by a state court.
• MVR records and PSP records are maintained by different sources. State agencies are responsible for MVRs.
FMCSA is responsible for the PSP report. The two records are not linked.
Motor carriers can access a driver’s MVR by contacting the motor vehicle division in the license-issuing state.
All records state where and when a crash or inspection occurred. Crash records also note any fatalities, injuries, or towaways, and inspection records display any co-driver involvement and out-of-service status when applicable. The PSP record does not assign a score or point values.
The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) earned a Gold MarCom Award in the Promotion/Marketing Materials category for its redesigned program fact sheets. MarCom Awards recognize outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of marketing and communications materials and programs. FMCSA and NIC Federal dedicate creative resources to encouraging PSP adoption.
MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital and web professionals.