What is the New Service Added to the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)

What Does the New Monitoring Service Provide?

A new monitoring service has been introduced for the FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program.  The new service automatically notifies drivers when their PSP safety records are updated.  Drivers can sign up to receive emails every time information is added to or removed from their records.  PSP provides instant online access to commercial drivers’ safety histories, with the drivers’ written authorization, to assist motor carriers with the hiring process.  PSP data is updated approximately every 30 days with a new data snapshot from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System database.  The optional monitoring service automatically notifies drivers when information changes on their individual PSP records, eliminating the need for drivers to check their records constantly.

“The PSP monitoring service simplifies the process for drivers to understand the latest status of their PSP records,” said Laura Johnson, NIC Federal General Manager.  “Thousands of trucking companies use PSP records to assess a driver’s safety performance when making hiring decisions.  It’s important for drivers to know what their prospective employers see on their individual records.”

How Do I Subscribe to the Monitoring Service?

Registered drivers can easily subscribe for the monitoring service from their account dashboards at www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov.  After drivers receive an email from the monitoring service, they can log in to their accounts to obtain their latest PSP records immediately.  If the driver chooses to print the report, he/she will be charged a $10 report fee.  Once the driver requests the report, it will remain available for five days.

What are the Benefits of the PSP Program and New Monitoring Service?

(From the PSP Site)

The PSP program helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing secure, electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history from the FMCSA.  PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening.  PSP records may be requested solely to conduct pre-screening of potential operators and only with the operator-applicant’s written consent.  You cannot pull a PSP Report on a current employee.

According to the results of FMCSA’s recent study, companies regularly using PSP have, on average an 8% reduction in crash rates and a 17% reduction in driver out-of-service rates.  Fleets can utilize the PSP for candidate consideration and should encourage their drivers to obtain their PSP reports and to receive monitoring notices.  Drivers can pull their data to ensure that it is accurate, challenge entries when necessary, and now receive notice through the monitoring service when new reports are added.   For more information regarding the Pre-Employment Screening Program click on the following link – https://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/psp/Public


FMCSA Website For PSP – https://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/psp/Public

Business Wire, “Monitoring Service Introduced for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Pre-Employment Screening Program”, June 19, 2019 – https://finance.yahoo.com/news/monitoring-introduced-federal-motor-carrier-120000496.html


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