To hire a driver, a carrier has to inquire of all the other carriers a driver has worked for in the past three years. We would love for all those inquiries to be made via Xchange, but until that day, they most often take place via fax and include a signed release and a form asking for specific driver data.
With some big carriers, it’s easy to know where to send the request. Whether by fax or some other way, the prospective carrier has likely hired a driver who has worked there before and made the same inquiries.
20,000 to 30,000 Carriers
But there are a lot of carriers — I mean, a lot of carriers — 20,000 to 30,000, depending on which list you believe.
In the case of a smaller carrier, prospective carriers first have to determine the proper request method (fax, Xchange, etc.), then, if necessary, find the correct carrier fax numbers. What sounds like a trivial job at first — sending the prior employer a fax — can turn into a really time-consuming task.
So, a few years ago, we decided to do something to help the industry. We made the Tenstreet directory available for free to all carriers — no strings attached.
Request or Provide
Carriers can use their free basic requestor login and click on the Tenstreet directory button to do a search. We currently have about a thousand carriers a week using this service and we’d love to have more. (The more carriers use the service, the better the data, and it’s better than trying to find all those fax numbers on your own.)
To be sure, we don’t have every carrier yet. But we have over 11,000 and are adding to that number daily. Specifically, the list of Xchange Network Providers who can provide DOT verifications is growing all the time. They are listed along with all other types of providing methods.
If your company isn’t listed or you have a list of companies you’d like to share, we’d be appreciative and happy to add them to the list. If you’d like to become a network provider for DOT verifications, there’s a button for that as well.