OOIDA Answers Drivers’ Most Common Questions About Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse

Kansas City, MO – As the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse nears, experts with the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) are providing numerous resources to answer the most frequently asked questions.

On January 6, 2020, mandatory use of the Clearinghouse to report and seek information about driver drug and alcohol program violations goes into effect.

Employers will be required to conduct both electronic searches within the Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to cover the preceding three years.


On Wednesday, OOIDA representatives hosted a Facebook LIVE event to answer drivers’ most frequently asked questions.

WATCH it below.


FMCSA Adds To Confusion

Adding to some drivers’ confusion, the FMCSA announced last week it was giving more time to State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) to comply with the Clearinghouse’s reporting requirements.

The final rule, which was issued December 5, 2016, requires SDLA’s to request information from the Clearinghouse about individuals prior to issuing, renewing, upgrading, or transferring a CDL for those drivers.

The FMCSA says SDLA’s compliance with this requirement is now being delayed until January 6, 2023.

In a statement, the FMSCA explained its action by saying, “The compliance date extension allows FMCSA the time needed to complete its work on a forthcoming rulemaking to address the States’ use of driver-specific information from the Clearinghouse, and time to develop the information technology platform through which States will electronically request and receive Clearinghouse information.”


Further, the FMCSA says SDLA’s will still have the option to “voluntarily request Clearinghouse information” beginning on January 6, 2020.

The agency also noted that all other requirements pertaining to drivers and employers relating to the Clearinghouse’s compliance date of January 6, 2020, remains in place.

How To Register

OOIDA has also produced a video to walk you through each step in the 15-20 minute registration process.

Click HERE to watch the video or click HERE to visit OOIDA’s channel on Transportation Nation Network to browse more videos.



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