Should you be worried if you have employment that does not show on your DAC Report? It can be a problem or cause an issue, and you should be concerned, but the good news is that it usually can be fixed. And sometimes it’s not a problem at all….
Every day we talk with commercial truck drivers who are worried about their DAC Report. Often, it’s not that the report contained incorrect information, but that the DAC Report didn’t show their previous employer(s). Sometimes their DAC Report didn’t show any previous employment, even though the driver had worked for several companies.
When someone completes our online application they are given the option of downloading Know Your DAC Report, which addresses many of the potential problems that can occur on a DAC Report, and also suggests resolutions for correcting errors and inaccuracies. In this post, however, we are addressing only the issue of missing employment records.
But what is a DAC Report anyway?
Your DAC Report consists of (2) parts, but for this article we are only concerned with Part (2) which is your work history and includes information that your former employers have reported such as:
- number of accidents
- reason for quitting or being terminated
- rehire eligibility
- type of driving
- trailer types pulled
- commodities hauled
- notations about accidents-noted as preventable or nonpreventable
- other issues or problems
One of the biggest worries truck drivers have is that they are now looking for another driving job and can’t remember the details of their previous employment history. And the trucking industry can be very sticky when it comes to verifying previous employment. So, it can be a real concern when a driver wants to be certain that employment applications they will be submitting contain accurate information that is in agreement with what any trucking company that uses DAC Reports would receive. And the majority of trucking companies do in fact use DAC Reports.
If you are looking for a truck driving job, or even just thinking about looking for a job, getting your DAC Report (along with your MVR, CSA PSP report and other information) is a good idea. Many of the larger companies do use DAC Reports faithfully, and an employer that shows up on your DAC Report but does not appear on your application, or a period of unemployment with dates that differ, can hurt your chances for the job you want.
On the other hand, there are thousands of trucking companies that do not use DAC Reports, so if you are employed by one of these companies, that employment will not show up on your DAC.
Should you be worried?
On one hand, it might be bad news because you can’t see what is being reported about you so you can’t verify if everything is correct, or know whether you need to dispute anything. On the other hand, a potential employer will do employment verification by using the information you provide on your employment application and contacting your past employers directly.
Potential employers of commercial truck drivers must:
- ask for 10 years of employment history
- verify all driving employment within that time
- verify all employment of the past three years regardless of whether or not it was a driving job
After 10 years … after 3 years
It’s important to keep in mind that no employer information will be on your DAC Report if it is older than 10 years. In fact, only the past 7 years of employment information on a DAC Report may contain “good/bad” information; for example, it cannot include accident/reason for leaving/eligibility for rehire information. Other information, such as DOT Drug and Alcohol testing information will fall of the DAC Report after 3 years.
One reason that a period of employment will not show up on a DAC Report is if you are still employed by the company. As an example, let’s say you have been working for a company for 6 years and you are still employed by that company, but are thinking about switching employers. If you obtain your DAC Report, the past 6 years of employment with this company will not yet appear on your DAC. Only if and when you terminate your employment with that company will information relative to your employment with that company be reported, assuming the employer uses DAC.
Employment that does not appear on your DAC simply means that potential employers must verify previous employment using other means. And, it does not mean that there is no way to find out what past employers are reporting.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations spell out your rights to review that information directly from the prospective motor carrier after you apply: http://www.dotjobhistory.com/articles/NOT_on_your_DAC_Report.asp, or http://www.dotjobhistory.com/ can help if you want to find out before you apply for a job.
Also keep in mind that some employment periods not showing on your DAC is the norm rather than the exception and is not something about which you should be overly concerned.
So, what do you need to do when there is no employment history on your DAC Report? Maybe nothing – it may not be a problem at all but then again, forewarned is forearmed. Know your rights because an employment problem on your DAC could keep you from getting the job that you want.