FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Program
FMCSA has established an online resource for the commercial motor vehicle industry for next year’s CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse implementation program.
The agency recently announced a website, https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov, with information and answers to frequently asked questions.
Congress passed a mandate to establish the clearinghouse, and the final rule was published in December 2016.
According to the new clearinghouse resource website, sometime this fall, users will be able to establish an account that will allow access to the Clearinghouse as registration begins Fall 2019 for 2020 Implementation.
Based on the website launch, the database seems to be on track for the January 6, 2020 implementation when mandatory use of the Clearinghouse to report and query information about driver drug and alcohol program violations goes into effect.
Initially, the process still requires carriers to request alcohol and controlled substance information from all carriers who employed the driver in the last three years. Additionally, a full query will also be required prior to any safety-sensitive job functions, including CMV operation. Full queries will return all information contained in the clearinghouse related to that driver, such as:
- Positive drug tests
- Refusals to test
- Whether the driver has completed the return-to-duty process, if required
Beginning Jan. 6, 2023, however, contacting previous employers will no longer be required. Exceptions to that requirement include if the employer forgoes the pre-employment drug testing requirements under exception or if the driver has operated a CMV in other regulated modes in the previous three years.
The clearinghouse will be a secure online database that will allow FMCSA, CMV employers, state driver licensing agencies, and law enforcement agencies to identify, in real-time, CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements.
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