What Is A DAC Report And What Goes In It?
DAC stands for “Drive-A-Check” and a DAC report is to professional truck drivers what a credit report is to consumers. It’s a big deal.
These reports give a detailed summary of a driver’s work history for 10 years. A DAC report contains information like what type of truck and trailer the driver has operated, any driving accidents, legal offenses, and whether or not the driver is eligible for rehire. Now of course if you are just starting your career, your DAC will not have enough information to be concerned about. However if you have been in the business for a while most companies place a high value on a DAC report when they hire a new driver.
Key Features of the DAC
- Driver work history from previous motor carriers and driving schools
- Drug/alcohol records including pre-employment test results on applicants (say what?)
- Provides 10 years of driver information (if you have 10 years)
- Work records – even for companies that are no longer in business
- Report information is integrated with Applicant Tracking and Driver Qualification File systems
Hopefully now you understand the importance of your DAC and the information in it.
Where Do DAC Reports Come From?
There is a private company named HireRight and they compile and send DAC reports to hiring companies. HireRight creates background checks for all types of companies, not just trucking. HireRight is bound by law to comply with the regulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act protecting your personal information.
What Should I Do with My DAC Report?
It’s important that you monitor your DAC report just like you do your credit report because DAC reports are vital to your career. You can request a free copy of your DAC report once every 12 months. At least once a year you should examine your DAC report to ensure the information contained in it is accurate and complete.
What Items Or Notes Go On My DAC Report?
DAC reports contain your trucking employment history for the past ten years – the required length of history that the DOT requires. Not every single trucking company is listed since the smaller firms don’t report to HireRight.
The employment history portion lists start and end dates for your periods of employment with each company. This section also includes names and contact information for these companies and an overview of the type of driving work you did. There is also other pertinent information including:
- Number of accidents
- Reasons for leaving previous driving jobs
- Or if fired from previous driving jobs
- If you’re eligible for re-hire
- Type of product hauled
- Type of trailers pulled
A helpful tidbit – check the previous job section of your DAC report because even if you quit as opposed to being fired, the previous employer may still have listed you as “ineligible for rehire”.
Your report may also contain:
- Social security number
- Driver’s license numbers
- Worker’s compensation reports (if any)
- Criminal reports (if any)
Knowing all of the details of what goes on a DAC report can help you avoid adding negative notes onto it. Continue to monitor your DAC report to try and make yourself look better and better on paper to future employers.
Will Drug Or Alcohol Tests Go On My DAC Report?
Yes. The last page of the report shows drug test results. Since every company requires you take a drug test anyway, they probably won’t look at the drug test results on your DAC report.
Can I Correct Or Dispute Items On My DAC Report?
Yes you can! After you go through your report and see if there’s any information in there that needs to be changed, go the HireRight’s website and file a dispute. On average it takes the company about a month to investigate, so make a note on the day you file your dispute. Sometimes it can take longer depending on the type of claim.
If you have information that is obviously fabricated and damaging to your career, then you may want to talk to a lawyer to determine if he/she needs to get involved. This is a huge step so verify the incorrect information is truly damaging to your career because only a few DAC claims actually require legal assistance. Don’t go overboard if you don’t need to.
Changing information on a DAC report can be a long and often irritating process. Be ready to fill out a lot of forms and verifications. No need to give up looking for a job in the trucking industry in the meantime. Work toward having your report fixed, explain the situation to any potential employers, have recommendations on hand from former managers and instructors.