Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and Guide

On December 5, 2016, the DOT issued a final rule (full text of rule) implementing the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulated drivers.

The “Clearinghouse” is a database that is maintained by the FMCSA to record all drug and alcohol testing violations that is accessed through an online portal. Employers, commercial driver license (CDL) holding employees (“Drivers”), Medical Review Officers (MROs), Consortium/Third Party Administrators (C/TPAs) and Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) are all required to record information about an employee’s drug and alcohol violations into the Clearinghouse.

The goal for the creation of the Clearinghouse is to maintain a record of all drug and alcohol testing program violations in a central location and will be fully implemented by the effective date on January 6, 2020.

The EIA has put together a guide for employers with information on the registration and query plan requirements that must be completed by the effective date on January 6, 2020. In addition, the guide will inform employers of the reporting and query requirements once the Clearinghouse is in effect.

In addition, employers can direct their drivers to this step-by step registration guide and FAQ for drivers on the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website if they would like more information about the registration process or general information about the Clearinghouse.

For more information, please register for our DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Requirements webcast at 10 am on November 5, 2019, where we will discuss these various requirements in detail.

If you have any questions you can contact EIA Risk Control at 916-850-7300.