New Hires

Are you qualifying the drivers you hire?

Meeting FMCSA requirements while hiring CDL and CMV drivers is crucial to compliance. From creating new DQ files, to getting registered in the CDL clearinghouse, to pulling initial MVRs and pre-employment drug tests.

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What is the Driver Qualification FMCSA Regulation?

§391.11 (a-b)

An individual who meets the definition of both a motor carrier and a driver employed by that motor carrier must comply with both the rules in this part that apply to motor carriers and the rules in this part that apply to drivers.

A person shall not drive a commercial motor vehicle unless he/she is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Except as provided in § 391.63, a motor carrier shall not require or permit a person to drive a commercial motor vehicle unless that person is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

Except as provided in subpart G of this part, a person is qualified to drive a motor vehicle if he/she:

(1) Is at least 21 years old;

(2) Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records;

(3) Can, by reason of experience, training, or both, safely operate the type of commercial motor vehicle he/she drives;

(4) Is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with subpart E – Physical Qualifications and Examinations of this part;

(5) Has a currently valid commercial motor vehicle operator’s license issued only by one State or jurisdiction;

(6) Has prepared and furnished the motor carrier that employs him/her with the list of violations or the certificate as required by § 391.27;

(7) Is not disqualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle under the rules in § 391.15; and

(8) Has successfully completed a driver’s road test and has been issued a certificate of driver’s road test in accordance with § 391.31, or has presented an operator’s license or a certificate of road test which the motor carrier that employs him/her has accepted as equivalent to a road test in accordance with § 391.33.

Who does it apply to?

Our New Hire service works well to support or replace your current driver hiring process. The goal is to move each driver through the appropriate steps to ensure DOT Compliance as well as speeding up the driver qualifying process for each applicant. This process is important for several reasons, including reducing driver turnover, accidents and keeping only safe and qualified CMV Drivers on the road.

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How do we perform this service?
Your business is growing and you need to hire drivers

CNS will work with company management to create hiring standards based on MVR, driver experience and insurance requirements while also qualifying each commercial driver that comes through your door.

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What steps are we taking for you?

New driver applicants will fill out a driver qualification file or DQF, which includes:

  • CDL Clearinghouse Inquiry
  • Motor Vehicle Record
  • Previous Employer Inquiries. 

Qualification report sent to management once everything in DQ file checks out on new driver.

Pre-employment drug test issued to the driver upon notification and result stored 24-48 hour turnaround times on pre-employment drug tests.

Your New Hire Specialist will work with company management to create hiring standards based on MVR, driver experience, and insurance requirements.

DOT Compliance and Licensing Services

If you are ready to get started or would just like more information on how you can start being more proactive with your compliance, please fill out the form below. We are here to help and answer any questions.