FMCSA - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration

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Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse will improve highway safety by helping employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement to quickly and efficiently identify drivers who are not legally permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) due to drug and alcohol program violations. This secure online database will provide access to real-time information, ensuring that drivers committing these violations complete the necessary steps before getting back behind the wheel, or performing any other safety-sensitive function.

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Query Plans new section

Learn about Query Plan Options: Factsheet Now Available

Employers of CDL drivers can now review details on purchasing a query plan that will enable them to conduct queries starting January 6, 2020.

Query plans may only be purchased from the FMCSA Clearinghouse website. Query plans will be available for purchase fall 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How will authorized users access the Clearinghouse?
Authorized users must register and create an account to access the Clearinghouse.
When will authorized users be able to register?
Clearinghouse registration is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

Resources

Resources are available to help CDL drivers, employers, and other Clearinghouse users prepare for January 6, 2020. FMCSA will continue to develop materials as we get closer to the Clearinghouse Implementation Date. Sign up to receive email updates as these resources are released.

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The Clearinghouse Timeline

  • December 5, 2016

    Clearinghouse Final Rule Published

    The Clearinghouse final rule implemented the Congressional mandate to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse and identified the roles and responsibilities of those who will be required to use the Clearinghouse.

  • Fall 2019

    Registration Begins

    Users can establish an account that will allow access to the Clearinghouse once it becomes operational on January 6, 2020.

  • January 6, 2020

    Clearinghouse Implementation

    Mandatory use of the Clearinghouse goes into effect. Employers must report certain drug and alcohol program violations and can conduct electronic queries in the Clearinghouse. Manual inquiries with previous employers are still required to cover the preceding three years.

  • January 6, 2023

    Clearinghouse Three-Year Mark

    Employers must query only the Clearinghouse to satisfy the employer requirement to identify prospective drivers who have committed drug and alcohol program violations.

  1. December 5, 2016: Clearinghouse Final Rule Published

    The Clearinghouse final rule implemented the Congressional mandate to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse and identified the roles and responsibilities of those who will be required to use the Clearinghouse.

  2. Fall 2019: Registration Begins

    Users can establish an account that will allow access to the Clearinghouse once it becomes operational on January 6, 2020.

  3. January 6, 2020: Clearinghouse Implementation Date

    Mandatory use of the Clearinghouse to report and query information about driver drug and alcohol program violations goes into effect. Employers must conduct both electronic queries within the Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to cover the preceding three years.

  4. January 6, 2023: Clearinghouse Three-Year Mark

    Employers must query the Clearinghouse to satisfy the employer requirement to identify prospective drivers who have committed drug and alcohol program violations.

Need more information about the Clearinghouse?

If you did not find the answer to your question above, you can contact FMCSA at clearinghouse@dot.gov