Breaking News: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA just announced that the final regulations regarding the new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has been released!


Drug and alcohol clearinghouse

The final rule will, which will go into effect in January 2020, requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third-party administrators, and substance abuse professionals to report information about drivers who:

  • Test positive for drugs or alcohol;
  • Refuse drug and alcohol testing; and
  • Undergo the return-to-duty drug and alcohol rehabilitation process.


Additionally, motor carriers will be required to annually search the clearinghouse for current employees, and during the pre-employment process for prospective employees, to determine whether a driver violated drug or alcohol testing requirements with a different employer that would prohibit them from operating a CMV.

Federal safety regulations require employers to conduct pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing. Motor carriers are prohibited from allowing employees to perform safety-sensitive functions, which include operating a CMV, if the employee tests positive on a DOT drug or alcohol test.


Carriers who enroll in the My Safety Manager program automatically have the costs of most drug and alcohol testing and random program management covered! 


Current USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx stated:

“An overwhelming majority of the nation’s freight travels by truck, and millions of passengers reach their destinations by bus, so creating a central, comprehensive, and searchable database of commercial motor vehicle drivers who violate federal drug and alcohol testing requirements has been a departmental priority.”  He also added: “This system will be a new technological tool that will make our roads safer.”


We couldn’t agree more.

The presence of any commercial motor vehicle operator driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is absolutely unacceptable. This system is long overdue and we applaud the finalization and are working towards developing the new systems into our driver qualification management and drug and alcohol program management services.


To view the drug and alcohol clearinghouse Final Rule, click this link.


To learn more about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, click on this link.


For more information on how the My Safety Manager Program can help manage your entire safety and compliance program for only $50 per month per driver, please call us at 1-855-211-5550 or email

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