DAC Reports, MVRs, PSP Reports and Crashes/Accidents/Incidents
A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old truck driver home from the road. He tells the driver, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The driver says, "Okay, but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location.
The DEA officer verbally explodes, saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the federal government with me." Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the driver. "See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish. On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand? "
The driver nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores. A short time later, the old driver hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the driver's big Santa Gertrudis bull.
With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he'll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified.
The driver throws down his tools, runs to the fence, and yells at the top of his lungs.....
"Your badge. Show him your BADGE!"
I've thought about this joke several times in the past few months when talking to a driver who has used our service to get his driving record, DAC report and PSP report and there has been a discrepancy among the three regarding a Crash/Accident/Incident.
The PSP report contains the past 5 years of crash data and three years of inspection data. If a crash/accident does show, it does not necessarily mean the driver was at fault.
The MVR report may show an accident, but it varies by state on whether it will show. Some states require the driver to be at fault, others only show if a citation was given, etc.
The DAC report may not show accidents on a driver that appear on a MVR or PSP report, or may show accidents that are not on the PSP or DAC. And again, the DAC report may show accidents/incidents where the driver was not at fault.
Given this hodge-podge of reports where a Crash/Accident/Incident may show on one report, but not the other, I've had several drivers who believed that because one report did not list the Crash/Accident/Incident, it should not be considered or "counted." For example they might have their driving record (which did not show an accident or crash) but another report did and they were attempting to prove that the other report was wrong.
It doesn't work that way. In fact, waving your clear MVR (or DAC or PSP report) will probably do you about as much good as the DEA officer flashing his badge to the Santa Gertrudis bull. That badge will hold water in some quarters-others.not so much.
If you are a driver looking for a job or just being proactive, your best bet is to get all your information so you know exactly what a potential employer will see. Further, aside from just knowing, correcting a report can take time-and when there's an opportunity for a better job or the paychecks stop coming in, time can be money.