Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) FAQs

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Here are some answers to common questions we hear about how driver vehicle inspection reports are really supposed to work.

 

Who is responsible for filing DVIRs?

The driver is responsible for filing the DVIRs and the driver or the commercial repair facility is responsible to certify repairs completed on the motor vehicle.

What information is required in the report?

Along with the carrier name and DOT number, the driver must list the vehicle defects found as well as whether the vehicle is satisfactory to drive or not. The driver’s signature is required to certify the report along with any remarks.

Where should DVIRs be stored?

Previous DVIRs may be kept at either the motor carrier’s principal place of business or the location where the vehicle is housed or maintained. The current DVIR should be kept in the motor vehicle.

When should DVIRs be filed?

A DVIR should be filed when a pre-trip or post-trip inspection reveals a defect.

The driver must prepare a DVIR at the completion of each day’s work and shall submit those reports to the motor carrier upon his/her return to the home terminal. Reports should be stored for at least 3 months.

 

Check out the FMCSA's website for more detail with the link below.