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Transportation Compliance Services

From vehicle registration to driver file maintenance – all your compliance programs in one place. Whether you want DOT safety regulatory support, or non-DOT driver background checks – we’re here to help you get drivers on the road while keeping fleets in production. 


Automate your vehicle compliance support with a configurable solution that delivers consistency and processing speed to help you manage your fleet.

Save Time by Combining Solutions

Enhance your FMCSA safety program consistency and compliance, while saving administrative time by combining driver qualification files (DQF), post-accident drug testing, vehicle records maintenance, and more with First Advantage.

Years of Compliance Expertise on Your Side

Partner with a service agent who can help you with your DOT FMCSA past history and safety performance related obligations. We understand the importance of keeping all your assets road ready.

Simplified Tools for Transportation Compliance

Whether DOT or non-DOT, we care about helping you keep your fleet on the road and maintaining business momentum.

Our team of experienced professionals can help you build and support your compliance program, in any of these areas:

DOT Background Checks and Driver Qualification Expertise

Single sign-on makes it easy to streamline the DOT screening and hiring process while enabling faster onboarding.

And as your dedicated partner, First Advantage brings decades of regulatory expertise to help keep your fleet compliant, including licensing, registration, fuel, and mileage tax services, permitting, and title management.

Driver Qualification System

Track details related to motor vehicle records (MVR), road test results, or physical certifications.  Administer screening and driver file management all in one place. Plus, First Advantage will help keep you informed of expiring documents with plenty of time to process renewals.

Driving Records Monitoring

High-risk driving behaviors can lead to financial and reputational liabilities if left unchecked. Monitoring is an important part of  identifying potential uncertainties and getting ahead of unknown risks.

Driver Drug & Alcohol Testing

Flexible collection and testing methods are available to help meet your drug and alcohol testing policy support needs for both DOT and non-DOT programs.

One Place for Driver Qualification + Transportation Compliance Services

Administer screening and driver file management all in one place. Get on the road quickly with a single source for driver history and safety performance related background checks, drug and alcohol screening, driver physicals, and driver file management. Speed the hiring process, lighten your administrative burden, and stay productive.

Transportation past history and safety performance compliance support services from First Advantage can help you speed the hiring process, lighten your administrative burden, and streamline driver onboarding.

California AB 5 – Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Courts announced on June 30 that it will not hear the California Trucking Association (CTA) case about the state’s independent contractor employment law known as Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5).

The decision by the Court effectively overhauls the model with owner-operators and their trucks leased to motor carriers that do business in California.

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), popularly known as the “gig worker bill,” is legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and required companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify them as employees. The law made it more difficult for employers to claim that workers are independent contractors. Under AB 5, a worker is assumed to be an employee and not an independent contractor unless they meet the below three-pronged test:

  1. The person is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work,
  2. The person performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business, and
  3. The person is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business.

This test holds companies to a higher standard in proving workers are independent contractors than was previously used in California. AB5 made this test the new gold-standard requirement for all companies in the state.

Under AB5, companies must use this three-pronged test to prove workers are independent contractors, not employees. This matters because if drivers, if deemed employees, may be eligible for benefits such as overtime pay, unemployment compensation, etc.

Enforcement is retroactive to the effective date of AB 5, which was January 1, 2020.

However, on January 14, 2021, the California Supreme Court ruled that AB 5 should be applied even before the law technically went into effect.

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