The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently updated their website with more information about the new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a new resource designed to improve highway safety, which will become available January 6, 2020.
What is the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations, thereby enhancing safety on roadways.
An act of Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse contains information about drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL drivers) who are covered by FMCSA’s drug and alcohol program. This also includes drivers with commercial learner’s permits (CLPs).
How will the Clearinghouse Impact Employers?
Once the Clearinghouse is launched, employers will be required to conduct queries regarding driver violation histories both electronically and with traditional manual inquiries with previous employers.
However, beginning January 2023, once three years of violation data are stored in the Clearinghouse, employers will no longer be required to submit duplicate manual inquiries. The electronic queries will satisfy the FMCSA requirement. Companies will be able to establish an account for the Clearinghouse in the Fall of 2019.
For more details, see the U.S. Department of Transportation factsheet below. This factsheet can also be found on the FMCSA website. You can subscribe to receive news and updates from the FMCSA to help you prepare to use the Clearinghouse. The website also contains a Frequently Asked Questions section.
The above information sourced from the U.S. Department of Transportation Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse factsheet.