The DAC report is a detailed summary of a trucker’s work habits and history in the industry. Approximately 90% of all U.S. long-haul commercial carriers use the DAC report for pre-employment screening, making the DAC report extremely important to truck drivers.
“In many industries, consumer credit checks have become a standard part of a company’s pre-hire process. In the trucking industry, however, there is the DAC report.”
DAC reports are voluntary from a company standpoint, although most medium-to-large carriers will participate in sharing information about truckers. The reports are provided by HireRight, a private, for-profit company that specializes in background check services. HireRight is legally bound to operate on regulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). These regulations mean you are given a certain amount of protection when it comes to what’s on your background report and it’s accuracy.
Your previous employers will typically report the following information:
Your DAC report can also include:
DAC reports are treated the same way as consumer credit reports. Drivers are entitled to one free report every 12 months. To get a report, you must send in a Consumer Report Request Form, or you can request your free DAC report from HireRight online. It takes HireRight 15 days to process your request and send you a free copy.
Like consumer credit reports, it is important to pay attention to your DAC report. Inaccurate reporting and errors can easily end up on your report and can negatively affect your ability to work if not corrected. Periodically examining and correcting your report is just part of your job as a truck driver in the modern world.
Not only can carriers you have worked for contribute to your DAC report, companies whose orientation you attended can also report. Here are some key areas you should watch out for when reviewing your report:
Should you find wrong information on your report, there are legal protections and remedies available from the Federal Trade Commission. Your first step in correcting this is to contact HireRight to file a free DAC report dispute. The investigation process may take up to 30 days and can be done online, by phone or fax, or through the mail.