Starting January 6, 2020 companies that employ commercial drivers will be required to use the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to report and query any drug and alcohol policy violations.
What Is The Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is a mandatory database for employers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement to determine whether a current driver or prospective driver is eligible to safely perform the duties required of their position. The goal of this tool is to track drivers with positive drug and/or alcohol test results, test refusals, or have not completed return-to-duty rehabilitation and make it difficult for those drivers to get a new job with a different employer.
Who Uses The Clearinghouse?
All CMV drivers or prospective drivers, companies that employ safety-sensitive drivers, consortia/third party administrators, substance abuse professionals, and medical review officers are all required to use the Clearinghouse for reporting and querying drug and alcohol program violations.
How Do I Sign Up?
Registration is now open for all applicable employers and drivers directly on the FMCSA website.
When Do I Use The Clearinghouse?
Employers will be required to run a query on current drivers at least once a year, and during the hiring process of a prospective driver. For current drivers, employers are able to run a Limited Query which checks for information on any drug and/or alcohol violations; whereas for prospective drivers employers are required to use Full Queries which provides detailed information of any resolved or outstanding violations. Query plans are available for purchase directly from the FMCSA at a flat rate of $1.25 per limited or full query.
How Do I Stay Compliant?
With any new regulations there can be a bunch of legalese and training materials that employers have to sort through to be compliant, but it doesn’t have to be so hard! Our team at ARCpoint Labs has been an expert in DOT and federally mandated regulations for more than 20 years so you don’t have to worry about compliance when the Clearinghouse goes into effect January 6, 2020. For more information on how we can help you stay compliant, register for our FREE Clearinghouse support packet.