Do traffic offenses in a driving record typically affect employment opportunities?

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Typically, traffic offenses in a driving record affect employment opportunities for jobs that require a safe driving record, which usually includes jobs where operating a motor vehicle is part of the job description. However, an increasing number of companies are expanding its risk models to include data like traffic offenses to gauge the character of a prospective employee.

Naturally, if you’re planning to seek employment as a truck driver, cab driver, or large machinery operator, any employer is going to inspect your driving record. In fact, for many of these types of positions, a driver background check is required by law as part of the terms for employment.

As for other type of work that doesn’t involve operating a motor vehicle or large machinery, it may seem strange that an employer would consider a driving record relevant to job duties. But many employers today, in an effort to reduce risk, have implemented complicated risk models to gauge the character of prospective employees. They’ve expanded their background checks to driving records, consumer credit reports and other data in an effort to accurately measure risk.

Many argue that using driver background checks for unrelated employment is unfair, yet it is still commonplace. And remember, an employer must get your permission before conducting any background check, so you do have the right to forbid them from accessing your driving record. However, that may cost you a job opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about what’s in your driving record, you can order a driver and vehicle background report online. Ordering your driving record online is the best way to prepare yourself for your next job search and interview process.

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