What is a PSP Report & How Are They Used?

July 17, 2020

PSP helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions. Fleets can utilize PSP reports as part of their recruiting strategy. PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening for the motor carrier industry.

In this article, we will outline what a PSP report is, explain how it works, and what information is included in it. In addition, we will outline why you need PSP reports for hiring purposes,

What is a PSP Report?

The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) allows motor carriers to obtain five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data on prospective drivers. It was established in 2010.

PSP records may not be used for current employees; they are to be used exclusively for pre-employment screening purposes.

How Does PSP Work

The PSP information is obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), which is the same system that supplies data to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) used to create motor carrier’s CSA scores.

The Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program in use today by the FMCSA to track a carrier’s safety performance is the same framework used to track individual driver history within the PSP program. Each violation was also evaluated as to whether the driver would be responsible for the violation or the violation was totally the company’s responsibility.

Drivers are not scored in the PSP as they are in the SMS and prospective employers will not obtain a driver’s CSA scores. Not all drivers will have information in PSP. Only those drivers that have had roadside inspections or DOT reportable crashes will have data in PSP.

Info in a PSP Report

PSP reports are comprehensive documents that contain a great deal of information on drivers.

They can also be a good source for past employer pointers that may not be disclosed on the employment application. The information in a PSP report includes the following:

  • The driver’s personal information including name, driver’s license number, state of issuance, and date of birth
  • Five years of DOT reportable crash data (if there is any)
    • Each accident is summarized including information appearing on the actual crash report: date, state, location, crash report number, carrier name under which the driver operated, and U.S. DOT number under which the event took place.
    • Information also includes statistics about the accidents listed: the total number of crashes, the total number of crashes with fatalities, injuries, tows, and hazmat release.
  • Three years of roadside inspection data, if there is any, including the date, U.S. DOT number and carrier name under which the driver operated, reporting state, report number, level of inspection, if a hazmat inspection was included, and the number of violations cited for that particular roadside inspection
    • A summary is provided of the driver’s roadside inspection violations by regulation, a description of the violation, the number of times the driver violated this regulation in the past 36 months and the number of times the violation resulted in an out-of-service order

Why You Need PSP Reports for Hiring Purposes

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, transportation companies that used PSP had an 8 percent decline in crash rates on average over non-participating motor carriers. The same source found that out-of-service rates dropped on average 17.2 percent for motor carriers participating in PSP.

Drivers who have historical records of frequent accidents and violations may continue in this pattern and to know this information upfront before hiring a driver may help you avoid a bad hiring decision or enable you to put a proactive training program in place to combat future negative behaviors.

A driver with an excellent PSP score should translate into fewer potential driver issues, anticipated performance expectations and above all due diligence in hiring the best person for the job.

Drivers with reckless driving violations are 325 percent more likely to be involved in a future crash.

Those with a past crash on their PSP record were 87 percent more likely to be involved in a future crash.

When your drivers are aggressive on the road, fail inspection reports, or get into more accidents, they damage your CSA scores. You should understand CSA scores and how they impact your fleet. Your CSA score is like your safety record, the score that insurance companies use to calculate your premiums (along with insurance scores), and what companies use to determine whether or not to work with you. CSA scores are very important for your fleet.

How is a PSP Report Used

PSP driver reports are used by both carriers and drivers. Each party uses the PSP driver record differently.

How Carriers Use PSP Reports

PSP reports help carriers interpret a driver’s safety habits. Carriers use the data as a retraining tool to correct any potential safety performance concerns identified within the report before allowing the driver behind the wheel.

PSP also helps identify the candidate’s past employers, employment dates, and compare that information against the candidate’s employment application for accuracy. It helps determine to hire or not hire, along with other data collected. PSP records may be requested by carriers solely for the purpose of conducting pre-employment background checks and only with the driver’s consent.

How Drivers Use PSP Reports

An individual driver may order their own PSP report. Eligibility to get a job as a driver can be directly influenced by the DOT PSP report. 

It’s recommended that every driver verify the accuracy of their PSP report data at least twice per year. Inaccuracies should be challenged through the DOT DataQ process to keep one’s record clean.


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What is a PSP Report & How Are They Used?

July 17, 2020

PSP helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions. Fleets can utilize PSP reports as part of their recruiting strategy. PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening for the motor carrier industry.

In this article, we will outline what a PSP report is, explain how it works, and what information is included in it. In addition, we will outline why you need PSP reports for hiring purposes,

What is a PSP Report?

The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) allows motor carriers to obtain five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data on prospective drivers. It was established in 2010.

PSP records may not be used for current employees; they are to be used exclusively for pre-employment screening purposes.

How Does PSP Work

The PSP information is obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), which is the same system that supplies data to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) used to create motor carrier’s CSA scores.

The Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program in use today by the FMCSA to track a carrier’s safety performance is the same framework used to track individual driver history within the PSP program. Each violation was also evaluated as to whether the driver would be responsible for the violation or the violation was totally the company’s responsibility.

Drivers are not scored in the PSP as they are in the SMS and prospective employers will not obtain a driver’s CSA scores. Not all drivers will have information in PSP. Only those drivers that have had roadside inspections or DOT reportable crashes will have data in PSP.

Info in a PSP Report

PSP reports are comprehensive documents that contain a great deal of information on drivers.

They can also be a good source for past employer pointers that may not be disclosed on the employment application. The information in a PSP report includes the following:

  • The driver’s personal information including name, driver’s license number, state of issuance, and date of birth
  • Five years of DOT reportable crash data (if there is any)
    • Each accident is summarized including information appearing on the actual crash report: date, state, location, crash report number, carrier name under which the driver operated, and U.S. DOT number under which the event took place.
    • Information also includes statistics about the accidents listed: the total number of crashes, the total number of crashes with fatalities, injuries, tows, and hazmat release.
  • Three years of roadside inspection data, if there is any, including the date, U.S. DOT number and carrier name under which the driver operated, reporting state, report number, level of inspection, if a hazmat inspection was included, and the number of violations cited for that particular roadside inspection
    • A summary is provided of the driver’s roadside inspection violations by regulation, a description of the violation, the number of times the driver violated this regulation in the past 36 months and the number of times the violation resulted in an out-of-service order

Why You Need PSP Reports for Hiring Purposes

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, transportation companies that used PSP had an 8 percent decline in crash rates on average over non-participating motor carriers. The same source found that out-of-service rates dropped on average 17.2 percent for motor carriers participating in PSP.

Drivers who have historical records of frequent accidents and violations may continue in this pattern and to know this information upfront before hiring a driver may help you avoid a bad hiring decision or enable you to put a proactive training program in place to combat future negative behaviors.

A driver with an excellent PSP score should translate into fewer potential driver issues, anticipated performance expectations and above all due diligence in hiring the best person for the job.

Drivers with reckless driving violations are 325 percent more likely to be involved in a future crash.

Those with a past crash on their PSP record were 87 percent more likely to be involved in a future crash.

When your drivers are aggressive on the road, fail inspection reports, or get into more accidents, they damage your CSA scores. You should understand CSA scores and how they impact your fleet. Your CSA score is like your safety record, the score that insurance companies use to calculate your premiums (along with insurance scores), and what companies use to determine whether or not to work with you. CSA scores are very important for your fleet.

How is a PSP Report Used

PSP driver reports are used by both carriers and drivers. Each party uses the PSP driver record differently.

How Carriers Use PSP Reports

PSP reports help carriers interpret a driver’s safety habits. Carriers use the data as a retraining tool to correct any potential safety performance concerns identified within the report before allowing the driver behind the wheel.

PSP also helps identify the candidate’s past employers, employment dates, and compare that information against the candidate’s employment application for accuracy. It helps determine to hire or not hire, along with other data collected. PSP records may be requested by carriers solely for the purpose of conducting pre-employment background checks and only with the driver’s consent.

How Drivers Use PSP Reports

An individual driver may order their own PSP report. Eligibility to get a job as a driver can be directly influenced by the DOT PSP report. 

It’s recommended that every driver verify the accuracy of their PSP report data at least twice per year. Inaccuracies should be challenged through the DOT DataQ process to keep one’s record clean.


Pre-employment screening program reports help carriers hire better-qualified drivers. Using a PSP is just one way to optimize your fleet. Get access to industry-leading technology solutions that can boost your fleet’s efficiencies at Azuga.

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