FMCSA's New Drug & Alcohol Related Record Requirements
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now available for registration by employers and CDL drivers. Employers will be required to query the Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol related records for the driver, as part of the pre-employment and annual driver qualification processes. This applies to all drivers subject to alcohol and drug testing under 49 CFR Part 382, including but not limited to, interstate and intrastate carriers, school bus drivers, construction equipment operators, limousine drivers, and municipal vehicle drivers.
The Clearinghouse is a secure online data base that can be accessed by an employer, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, State Law Enforcement Personnel, and the Driver themselves. Records concerning violations related to drug and alcohol standards in 49 CFR Part 382, Subpart B, will be shared. Additionally, information regarding a driver’s return to duty status and follow-up testing plan, will be recorded.
On January 6, 2020, employers must begin performing both electronic queries through the Clearinghouse, as well as conduct traditional manual inquiries through prior employers over the past 3 years. On January 6, 2023, once 3 years of driver data have been recorded, employers will no longer be required to perform the manual check, solely the electronic check.
Employers and Drivers may register now, so that they can be up and running, able to begin querying on January 6, 2020. Drivers are not required to register, but it is the only way they can view their own record or provide consent to an employer’s query. Drivers may also request inaccurate information be corrected or removed from their record. There is no cost to register. A query costs $1.25, limited or full.
For more information contact https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/