The FMCSA Clearinghouse is now active.
In order to conduct a query on your behalf we must have the driver's Date of Birth and you MUST have purchased queries!
You must conduct a full query on every prospective driver in the FMCSA Clearinghouse. However, due to the initial issues with the clearinghouse website this requirement has been TEMPORARILY suspended. You must continue to make every effort to get this query done but you can put the driver in service as long as all of the other driver qualification items have been completed.
*** January 22nd, 2020 Update, 8:00am PST The FMCSA Clearinghouse website now seems to be functioning properly but queries are running very slow. Until the query process is up to speed the FMCSA has relaxed the requirement to have the Full Query completed before a a CDL holder is put into service on a safety sensitive position (drive a CMV). You must show that you have initiated the query.
The biggest issues the Clearinghouse (now LIVE) will immediately affect fleets that are hiring drivers in January. Fleets that are not hiring
drivers, or owner-operators, only have to worry about registering and
eventually running the annual query (which can be done anytime in 2020).
Walter Ford / President