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FMCSA Opens Registration for CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse

Posted on October 14, 2019

The FMCSA's clearinghouse will contain records of violations of the agency's drug and alcohol testing program by commercial drivers, including school bus drivers. File photo
The FMCSA's clearinghouse will contain records of violations of the agency's drug and alcohol testing program by commercial drivers, including school bus drivers. File photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened registration for the national drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse for commercial drivers.

As previously reported, starting in 2020, the clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, including school bus drivers.

“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,” said Raymond P. Martinez, the agency’s administrator. “FMCSA is here to be helpful during this implementation, and we strongly encourage all commercial motor vehicle stakeholders to get registered in the clearinghouse now.”

Registration for the clearinghouse is free, and authorized users will be able to access the online database once it is fully implemented on Jan. 6, 2020. Authorized users include:

  • Drivers who hold a CDL or commercial learner’s permit (CLP).
  • Employers of CDL drivers. This includes those who employ themselves as CDL drivers (owner-operators).
  • Consortia/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs).
  • Medical Review Officers (MROs).
  • Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs).

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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, according to the FMCSA. The clearinghouse website also contains several resources, including user brochures and instructional aids with step-by-step registration instructions for all users.

For more information on the clearinghouse, go here.

Related Topics: CDL, drug use/testing, FMCSA, impaired driving

Comments ( 3 )
  • William Cavico

     | about 4 months ago

    Gary, it is nice that you tried. The information I put out pertains to cdl school bus drivers who are under the control of Illinois Safe Ride division of the Secretary of State, all cdl school bus drivers are in this category. The information I put out has been put out at the state required annual refresher meetings taught by a state certified/trained instructor who puts out info regarding new laws and changes in existing laws regarding school bus operations, drivers' training and certification, etc. The info put out, for multiple years, is ANY TIME a school bus driver is given a breathalyzer test for any reason, whether he/she is a passenger or driver, or who is given a test by the police for whatever reason or who has a breathalyzer test administered as part of his annual DOT physical, which the driver picks the time but the company picks the place and the device reading is anything other than 0.0000 his permit to driver a school bus is revoked by the state. He doesn't lose his license just the permit which allows him to earn a living as a school bus driver. Bill C.

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