Also known as Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse; the new FMCSA Clearinghouse has opened registration for employers, drivers, substance abuse professionals (SAPs), medical review officers (MRO’s) and consortium/third party administrators (C/TPA’s).
The registration is a bit complicated requiring first an account and log on to login.gov. Login.gov is secure access to government services. With one login.gov account, users can sign into multiple government agencies. There are several steps to registration and log on with multi-factor authentication; there are two authentication methods required.
FMCSA has published an 11-page instruction guide for CDL Drivers to register and log in. Drivers can follow the 15 steps published to get registered and set up in the Clearinghouse. Any drivers applying for jobs effective 01/06/2020 will need to be registered. Any drivers looking to see about any information in the Clearinghouse about themselves will need to be registered. Drivers have three activities in the Clearinghouse – see: How will CDL drivers use the Clearinghouse?
ClearinghouseServices.com is a private company that offers services to help employers, drivers, substance abuse professionals (SAPs), medical review officers (MRO’s) and consortium/third party administrators (C/TPA’s) comply with the FMCSA Clearinghouse requirements. Our members can get assistance with the registration process, just contact: [email protected]. Drivers can purchase a service to help them register, our customer service team can walk them through the process.
Because of the two-step authentication process, ClearinghouseServices.com cannot register anyone; but we can walk you through the process.
Getting registered now is important, get it out of the way. One person from a company can register as the main contact and then this main contact invites others to get registered under the company registration.
The new FMCSA Clearinghouse or FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a major change. It will affect many entities including employers, drivers, substance abuse professionals (SAPs), medical review officers (MRO’s) and consortium/third party administrators (C/TPA’s). For new drivers coming on board starting January 6, 2020, employers will be required to query the Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol violations. Employers will also be required to annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ.
Employers will have significant responsibilities in reporting certain violations of the DOT drug & alcohol testing regulations, these include:
- Positive alcohol tests at 0.04 of above
- Refusals to test, drugs or alcohol as determined by an employer (see chart for employer determined refusals)
- Actual knowledge situations (see additional information on Actual Knowledge)
For all FMCSA Clearinghouse activities, consultation and guidance available from ClearinghouseServices.com