What is a DAC report?
DAC report, or Drive-A-Check report, is a file that includes crucial information about a truck driver that is required by trucking companies in their recruitment checks. The report shows employers your working history in the trucking industry, your driving experience and any incident you have ever got into in your trucking job. Along with the CDL, DAC is the most important document that employers want to look at when they are recruiting new truck drivers into their company.
Generally, most employers require the presentation of the report to check this information about you:
- Drug test history
- Alcohol test history
- Accident history
- Reasons for leaving previous companies
- Previous employers’ remarks
If you have any negative information in your DAC report, it may prevent you from getting rehired. However, you can make formal disputes about information anytime.
The Way to Get Yours for Free
You are entitled to a free copy of yours once every 12 months. That means every year you can claim a free copy of yours to review your information and make any dispute on false information if necessary. However, if you want to make formal disputes, you can only do it within the first 60 days after you receive your report.
You need to visit the website of HireRight — a for-profit company whose main line of business is to provide background checks for any industry. Operated under Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), HireRight allows you to get a free copy of yours. You have to access their website here: http://www.hireright.com/Consumers-Applicants.aspx, make a request, fill in the form, submit your request and wait until they contact you.
It used to be possible to receive an online report so that employers and truck drivers can quickly check the information in report for immediate reference. However, HireRight has changed their policies about online DAC report. You can now only receive a hard copy of your report sent to the address you put in the form. You will receive the report in 10-15 days from the day you submit your request.
DAC report issued by HireRight has a bad reputation about accuracies. Sometimes information shown in the file is nowhere near what you would expect it to be. For example, accidents that you are not involved in or not at fault for may appear in the file as caused by your fault. Employers who are not satisfied with your performance may put false information on your file such as bad driving habit, freight hauled damaged, late delivery, etc. which you have never done in your life. Therefore, checking your report regularly and disputing over inaccuracies in your DAC report is very important. It not only removes any falsehood in your file, but also helps you avoid being rejected by potential employers.
To make dispute over your report, first get to the site http://www.hireright.com/applicants/view/background-report-dac-report-dispute-accuracy, then fill in the form and submit your request. The investigation may take up to 30 days and can be carried out via fax, phone, mail or online communication.
The report is very important for truck drivers to get a decent job in the industry. Therefore, keeping the file clean and accurate will make your application more impressive and worth recruiting. Everything you need to know is included in this article. We hope it will be useful for your career in the trucking industry.