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What is a PSP or Pre-Employment Screening?

The Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) is a new initiative to improve the safety of large trucks and buses, and minimize accidents on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will facilitate the collection of information to address potential safety issues before an accident occurs. Part of the CSA 2010 includes a pre-employment screening program (PSP).

The PSP allows motor carriers and individual drivers to purchase driving records from FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). These records can be purchased anytime online with immediate electronic delivery. The PSP will streamline the process of hiring drivers, and will enable employers to make sound and safe hiring decisions. In the report, potential employers will find crash data for the past 5 years, and road side assistance data for the last 3 years. Traffic tickets will not be included on the report, only vital information regarding the safety record of the driver will be provided. Motor carriers can enroll in the PSP program and make orders through the PSP program only to conduct pre-employment research and only with the written permission of the applicant. Individual drivers may purchase their own record at any time without being a member of the PSP program.

A motor carrier may follow the link provided to enroll in the PSP program: www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov
Enrollment will take up to two weeks.

There is no enrollment fee for a motor carrier to join the Pre-Employment Screening Program. There is an annual subscription based on the size of your organization. This fee ranges from $25-$100 and can be paid by ACH transactions. Motor carriers using the program through a third party company will have no subscription fee. The fee per individual transaction is $10. The same fee applies if you are an individual driver seeking your report. If working through a third party, than the transaction fee will be determined by the third party.

Individual drivers will be able to purchase their own records without enrollment once the system is live. Check www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov for updates.

Should you purchase a report and find inaccurate information, you will be able to file a dispute against the validity of the information. Disputes can be filed at any time online by following the link provided:

The PSP will allow employers to better screen potential employees. The ability to order a pre-employment screening report at any time will ensure that motor carriers are making safe hires, every time, without doubt. This can aid motor carriers over time by decreasing accident rates, lowering insurance costs and improving your company’s reputation. With FMCSA and the new pre-employment screening program, the roads will be safer for everyone.

Trucking companies can now enroll in PSP at http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/Pages/Enroll.aspx.