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Driving Record Search

International Driving Record Search
An International Driving Record Search checks driving records outside of the United States. Motor Vehicle Records are available on a very limited basis internationally. Contact our office for information on which countries have available records. The costs and search requirements vary by country. These searches cannot be ordered individually but must be part of a background check.
Why Do International Driving Record Searches
An International Driving Record Search is an essential element in building a defense against negligent hiring claims for employees from outside the U.S. who drive company vehicles or drive on company business. It verifies that an applicant has the license required for the position (license type, current status, standing, and restrictions, if any). It may also provide information regarding an applicant's history of irresponsible behavior, including whether there is a history of substance abuse. An International Driving Record Search can also provide name and address information that is useful (especially when an applicant is trying to hide something) in the criminal record search aspect of a background check.

What are the Sources of an International Driving Record Search?
We contact the individual Department of Motor Vehicles or comparable department in the country, state, or province that issues motor vehicle operating licenses.

What are the Weaknesses of an International Driving Record Search?
Motor Vehicle Records are not available in most countries. Each country has its own rules and regulations as to how records are kept and released. Completing additional forms may be required. Name variations, incorrect or missing license numbers, etc., can also cause records to be overlooked.

How Long Does an International Driving Record Search Take?
Most International Driving Record Searches are returned within 10 business days. However, each jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations as to how records are kept and released, thus affecting the turnaround time.

What is Our Recommendation for International Driving Record Searches?
We recommend International Driving Record Searches for applicants who have spent time outside of the United States and who will be driving company vehicles or will be driving as part of their on-the-job responsibilities. An International Driving Record Search helps confirm whether the applicant has the experience and training needed to succeed in a driving-related job. It provides an important element for the defense against negligent hiring claims.

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