I spent about 56 years in various positions with DAC/USIS (now HireRight) from 1984 until 2003. I was never in the accounting department. That said, I have been involved long enough to watch some changes over the years.
In the early days, the DAC employment history file was generally reviled by drivers. To review, the DAC employment history file allows DAC-member trucking companies to store employment history information on drivers who have left their company. Prior to this, drivers went in to apply with a trucking company, listed all of the employers for whom they worked, and the trucking company then called or wrote these past employers to obtain a reference.
On occasion, a driver would not list a past employer on the employment application out of fear that the employer would provide a bad reference. (It should be noted that FMCSA regulations require drivers to truthfully list all past employers on the application; nonetheless, some drivers would occasionally decide not list an employer if he felt they were punitive, or he had, say, knocked some fenders off other rigs in the yard in the first week of employment.)
With the advent of the DAC Employment History report, a motor carrier might see a past employer that was not listed on the employment application. This was not popular with some of the drivers some of the time. Don’t think these drivers kept their outrage a secret.
There has been a change over the past several years though. A driver will go to DOTJobHistory.com for their MVR, PSP, Criminal Record scan, and DAC Report and in reviewing their DAC Report, discover that one or more of their past employers is not shown. More frequently the response to this fact is increasingly along the lines of, “Now wait-just-a-minute here. I worked for ‘Company XYZ’ for a couple of years and that is not showing up on that stupid DAC Report. When I go to apply for a job, the potential employer may look at my DAC and not find that two years of experience which will hurt my pay. How can I make DAC put that employment history information on their report?”
Of course, the fact that an employer is not on your DAC Report does not mean you will not get credit for that employment. If you list the missing employer on your employment application, the potential employer will verify your employment the old-fashioned way or by other new means.
There’s usually a simple reason that employment history with a previous company is not showing on your DAC Report. In most cases, the past employer is not a member of DAC/HireRight and is unable to store your employment history with DAC/HireRight.
DAC/HireRight has a lot of trucking company clients, but it is a company, not a governmental agency, and they don’t have them all.
One more reason DAC will not have your employment history stored is if you are still currently employed with that company. If you are currently working for “Company ABC” but are looking for a new job, that employment will not be on your DAC employment history for a potential employer to see.