Prepare for Commercial Driver Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Commercial Driver Drug and Alcohol Test Clearinghouse is a database of violations and corrective actions. It is scheduled to begin operations next year. Advance planning is necessary.

Before January 6, 2020 all employers of commercial drivers must be registered to hire new drivers.

Effective January 6, 2020, any motor carrier hiring a new driver must check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Employers must affirm any prospective employee has no violation of drug and alcohol rules. Employers (or their agents) must report any violations to the database.

All self-employed drivers must designate their drug testing service (C/TPA) as the source of their required reporting.

Registration for all “Authorized Users” opens in October, 2019.

Other employers may wish to have their C/TPA screen applicants.

Arrangements should be made promptly to enable a smooth transition.

Commercial drivers must authorize inquiries by prospective employers and for annual rechecks by current employers.

(Updated 8/3/19): Permission can be granted with paper forms for an employer to perform a “Limited Query”. The driver does NOT need to register or create an account to allow Limited Query. If there are entries regarding violations, however, a driver must register and give permission for a “Full Query” that will disclose what violation(s) have been recorded. Any remedial actions will come up on a Full Query. Registered Drivers may also check their status and seek corrections when necessary.

Current paper inquiries continue for three years

Until 2023, when the Clearinghouse database will populated with three years of data, employers are required to get paper authorization from each job candidate and mail a request for information to former employers, as is currently required.

More information from FMCSA:

FMSCA Clearinghouse newsletters sign-up and Frequently Asked Questions

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