The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) is officially open for business. Employers can now visit to access up to five years of driver crash and inspection history information from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Motor carriers pay a flat fee for each driver history request. Annual subscription fees also apply.

There appears to be some confusion about the new program in the early hours of operation. We’ve heard reports from clients that some service providers are telling them that the new PSP check is mandatory. This is simply not true. The PSP is a voluntary program – at least for now.

On the surface, PSP appears to be a good supplement to the required checks that FMCSA-regulated employers must perform during the hiring process. The program gives employers another tool for weeding out job candidates with poor safety records. However, it does not replace the required driver qualification and safety performance history investigations.