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(Beginning January 6, 2020)

  1. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.
  2. The Clearinghouse will contain records of violations of drug and alcohol prohibitions in 49 CFR Part 382, including positive drug or alcohol test results and test refusals. When a driver completes the return-to-duty (RTD) process and follow-up testing plan, this information will also be recorded in the Clearinghouse database.
  3. The Clearinghouse will identify drivers who move frequently and obtain CDLs in different States and link those CDLs, in order to maintain complete and accurate information on such drivers.
  4. Employers, drivers, medical review officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals (SAPs), and Consortium/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) must register in the Clearinghouse to access the Clearinghouse. Instructional job aids are available for: *Employers, *CDL drivers, *(C/TPA) Consortium/Third-party administrators, *(MRO)Medical review officers, *(SAP)Substance abuse professionals, Employers, C/TPAs, MROs, and SAPs can also invite users to complete required actions in the Clearinghouse on their behalf.
  5. A Driver will need to be registered to provide electronic consent in the Clearinghouse if a prospective or current employer needs to conduct a full query of the driver’s Clearinghouse record, this will include all pre-employment queries beginning on January 6, 2020. A driver must also be registered to electronically view the information in his or her own Clearinghouse record.
  6. Employers may designate a C/TPA to conduct queries and/or report violations on their behalf. The C/TPA must be registered in the Clearinghouse before an employer can select the C/TPA, they must be designated by the employer before reporting drug and alcohol program violations or querying the Clearinghouse on their behalf.
  7. An Owner-Operator (an employer who employs himself or herself as a CDL driver, typically a single-driver operation) is subject to the requirements pertaining to employers as well as those pertaining to drivers. Under the Clearinghouse final rule, an employer who employs himself or herself as a CDL driver must designate a consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA) to comply with the employer’s Clearinghouse reporting requirement.
  8. Employees must be queried at least once within a 365-day period based on their hire date, or another 12-month period determined by the employer, as long as the requirements of 382.701 are met.
  9. A limited query allows an employer to determine if an individual driver’s Clearinghouse record has any information about resolved or unresolved drug and alcohol program violations, but does not release any specific violation information contained in the driver’s Clearinghouse record. Limited queries require only a general driver consent, which is obtained outside the Clearinghouse; this general consent is not required on an annual basis, it may be effective for more than one year. However, the limited consent request must specify the timeframe the driver is providing consent for.
  10. A full query allows the employer to see detailed information about any drug and alcohol program violations in a driver’s Clearinghouse record. An employer must obtain the driver’s electronic consent in the Clearinghouse prior to the release of detailed violation information during the full query.

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