Registration Opens for Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse… Here’s What You Need to Know
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally mandated Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
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.
“As this Congressional mandate is enacted, FMCSA’s goal is to ensure drivers, employers, and everyone who will be using the Clearinghouse are registered as efficiently and effectively as possible,” FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez said in today’s announcement.
“FMCSA is here to be helpful during this implementation, and we strongly encourage all CMV stakeholders to get registered in the Clearinghouse now,” Martinez commented.
CDL holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov and register to create a secure online user account.
Registration is required to be able to access the Clearinghouse once it is fully implemented.
To access the Clearinghouse, authorized users must register.
These users include:
– Drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP).
– Employers of CDL drivers. This includes those who employ themselves as CDL drivers (owner-operators), typically a single-driver operation.
– Consortia/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs).
– Medical Review Officers (MROs).
– Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs).
There is no cost for registration.
Commercial drivers are not required to immediately register for the Clearinghouse, but will need to register to respond to an employer’s request for consent prior to a pre-employment query or other full query being conducted.
For more answers to FAQs about the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, click HERE.
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