Drug & Alcohol

Clearinghouse

Do you Need Help Registering Your
Company Into The Clearinghouse?

What is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

Mandatory reporting by employers to the Clearinghouse begins Jan. 6, 2020.

Employers will be required to conduct both electronic queries and manual inquiries with previous employers to check CDL driver violation histories from the past three years as required by the FMCSA’s drug and alcohol use testing program.

Employers are required to query all current employees at least annually. All queries need driver consent. The type of consent depends on the query type, limited or full.

If a full query is needed for a driver, the driver will need to register with the Clearinghouse, log in, and grant electronic consent.

On Jan. 6, 2023, employers will be required to use the Clearinghouse exclusively when it comes to identifying prospective drivers who have committed drug and alcohol program violations.

Three years of violation data will by then be stored in the Clearinghouse system, making inquiries to previous employers unnecessary.

C/TPA Registered

Purcell is a registered C/TPA in the
Clearinghouse we can and will make
this easy for you.

What types of drivers and
employers
will the
Clearinghouse affect?

All CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public
roads and their employers and service
agents.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Interstate and intrastate motor carriers, including passenger carriers
  • School bus drivers
  • Construction equipment operators
  • Limousine drivers
  • Municipal vehicle drivers (e.g., waste management vehicles)
  • Federal and organizations that employ drivers subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing regulations
Owner-operators

How do owner-
operators meet
their
Clearinghouse
obligations?

All CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public
roads and their employers and service
agents.

Clearinghouse-Factsheet (pdf)

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 requirements (§ 382.705(b)(6)).