Do I need a driver file on myself and other drivers?
Whether you own your company and drive, or hire a driver, the FMCSA and DOT regulates you must have a driver file on the driver(s). The driver file is very important in the beginning stages as it will help in deciding if a driver is a liability to your company. Any time a driver is hired, you want to screen him/her. Upon passing the driver screen, you can then put them in an active driving status.
Do I need someone to manage these files?
Absolutely not. You can do every bit of this yourself. As a client, I give you the driver qualification packet to make the best decision possible for hiring drivers and maintaining records for the mandatory New Registrant DOT Audit. However, many businesses find they do not have the time to deal with the paperwork as well as missing deadlines for updating the paperwork. Especially owner-operators. Many have said it’s hard to be the owner, drive over the road and push the paperwork.
Who can help me?
That’s where I come in. If maintaining driver files is not something you feel is top priority for your company but know the importance of it, I can maintain the files on your behalf. It will include qualifying the potential driver and then updating paperwork, etc. as anniversaries are reached.
What’s it going to cost me?
Government Filings LLC charges $150.00 annually per driver. This will include the necessary PSP Report from the FMCSA but the driver’s MVR will be an additional cost. (PSP Reports replace driver background checks and are more reliable, as it’s directly from the FMCSA). Your company will be responsible for the cost of the MVR.) If this is something you would like more information on or would like me to handle, feel free to give me a call and get your office files in order.