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What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)?

The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) is a program created by the FMCSA that allows industry members such as carriers, service providers, and individual drivers the ability to access driver safety records via the PSP website. PSP is an expedited version of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act requests for accessing CDL holder safety performance. The data is pulled from the FMCSA’s MCMIS database, which is different from the state data used to create Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs).

What is the purpose of PSP?

The program was developed to allow employers to view driver safety performance records electronically for pre-employment screening. The FMCSA believes that “making this driver data available to potential employers, industry service providers, and drivers will improve the quality of safety data and help employers make more informed decisions when hiring commercial drivers” (FMCSA, 2024). Safety study results showed that carriers using PSP had lower crash rates by an average of 8% and lower driver out-of-service rates by 17%, on average.

What info does PSP gather?

PSP records typically contain the last 5 years of a driver’s crash data as well as the most recent 3 years of roadside inspection data. It will display the carrier that the driver was operating for during the crash or roadside inspection, the date it occurred, and the location of the crash/inspection. The PSP record will also contain crash details such as fatalities, injuries, and towaways. For inspections, the record will show whether the vehicle was placed out of service. The record may be updated after a request for data review to describe whether or not the driver was convicted of a different charge or if the crash was preventable.

The PSP record is updated approximately once per month with the most recent data from the FMCSA’s MCMIS.

See an example of a PSP record below:

How does a carrier enroll in PSP?

A carrier seeking to view PSP records will need to enroll online or complete a paper enrollment agreement.

The online enrollment process and forms can be found here.

The paper enrollment can be downloaded here for motor carriers and here for industry service providers. 

Paper enrollment agreements should be

emailed to:

Or faxed to:

(703) 841-6370

Or mailed to:

Pre-Employment Screening Program

4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 510

Arlington, VA 22201


After enrollment, a carrier can access PSP records by creating a PSP account after receiving instructions via email. After creating the account, the carrier can then access the PSP online service through a web browser.


Can a driver get their PSP record?

A driver does have permission to access to their own PSP record free of charge through submission of a Privacy Act request. It can also be accessed through the PSP online service.


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Soshaul Logistics LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. It is meant to serve as a guide and information only and Soshaul Logistics, LLC does not assume responsibility for any omissions, errors, or ambiguity contained herein. Contents may not be relied upon as a substitute for the FMCSA's published regulations. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction or operation.


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