Many businesses—not just taxi and limousine companies—need toknow the status of their employees’ drivers’ licenses at all time.These business can include the office supply company whose driversregularly make deliveries as well as the consulting company whoseemployees often travel to client sites, occasionally with otheremployees or clients in their vehicles.

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Now Idaho businesses can constantly track the driver’s licensestatus of employees, thanks to a new online tool from the IdahoTransportation Department (ITD).

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The Driver Record Dashboard (DRD) allows companies to build andmanage an unlimited list of drivers by entering information such asthe driver’s name, license number or birthdate, in one onlinelocation. ITD partnered with Access Idaho tobuild and maintain the subscription-based service, in which no taxdollars or state funds were used.

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“This service is designed to increase public safety and helpcompanies mitigate risk by keeping high-liability, potentiallydangerous drivers off the road,” said Access Idaho MarketingDirector Rich Steckler. “The Dashboard provides a convenientalternative to the process of looking up driver’s license recordsmanually, and offers 24/7 access to updated medical-certificateinformation.”

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Records checked twice a month

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Idaho driver records are checked automatically twice a month fornew convictions and suspensions. Authorized personnel within eachparticipating organization can view driver’s license recordsimmediately and securely. The DRD updates medical-certificate issueand expiration dates nightly, and companies can see when theiremployees’ drivers’ licenses expire.

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According to ITD driver services manager Ed Pemble, “This newtool provides immediate access to driver-status changes for allclasses of licenses. Instead of randomly or periodicallychecking driver records, DRD offers a powerful driver-informationtool to continuously monitor a selected group of drivers. DRD canprovide a level of assurance that drivers are properly licensed andhave no unreported driving issues that would affect safe operationof company vehicles."

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What does it cost? The basic annual subscription to Access Idaho is$95, which allows up to 100 users on the account to access one ormore of the premium services plus all of the standard servicesoffered by Idaho.gov. Fees for premium services without an annualsubscription are $10 per month for access, 28 cents per month foreach license monitored, and $9 for an automatic driver’s licenserecord pulled following a conviction or suspension.

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