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What is the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations, thereby enhancing safety on our Nation’s roadways. An act of Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Clearinghouse.

Every Company Must Purchase Queries from the FMCSA Directly

The FMCSA Clearinghouse will charge $1.25 for each full or partial query that is made by you or your designated C/TPA (Labworks USA) on your behalf. When we are all finally able to officially register (it simply states Fall of 2019 at the moment), every employer including owner operators will buy a maximum number of queries that they think will cover them for the year and you can select Labworks USA as your designated C/TPA. You will then forward the confirmation email from the FMCSA to customer.service@labworksusa.com. We will complete your registration in our system and send you confirmation along with various resources. Every company and owner operator must initially register with the FMCSA Clearinghouse (registration to open fall of 2019) and purchase a query package themselves. After this your designated C/TPA (Labworks USA) can make all queries and reports for you.

When must I use the Clearinghouse?

JANUARY 6, 2020:Authorized users will be required to complete the actions described in the Clearinghouse final rule. At this time, employers will be required to conduct both electronic queries and traditional manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the three-year timeframe, required by FMCSA’s drug and alcohol use testing program, for checking CDL driver violation histories. Drivers may also view their own records for information recorded on or after January 6, 2020.

JANUARY 6, 2023: Once three years of violation data are stored in the Clearinghouse, employers are no longer required to also request information from the driver’s previous FMCSA-regulated employers under 391.23(e); an employer’s query of the Clearinghouse will satisfy that requirement.

How will I use the Clearinghouse?

Report drug and alcohol violations and check that no current or prospective employee is prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as operating a CMV, due to a drug and alcohol program violation for which a driver has not successfully completed a Return-To-Duty (RTD) process.

View own record, provide consent to current or prospective employers to access details about any drug and alcohol program violations, and select a Substance Abuse Professional, if needed.

Report verified positive drug test results and test refusals.

Report RTD initial assessment and eligibility status for RTD testing.

On behalf of an employer, report drug and alcohol program violations and perform driver queries as required.

Query the Clearinghouse prior to completing licensing transactions.

Submit your contact information here and we will update you on any new information from the FMCSA. 

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