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Registration is open for the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

To access the Clearinghouse once it is operational, authorized users will be required to request access from FMCSA by registering for the Clearinghouse. Registering this fall is the first step in ensuring you will be ready when the Clearinghouse is operational on January 6, 2020. Learn more about Clearinghouse registration.

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Query Plans

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.

To conduct limited queries, employers must obtain consent outside the Clearinghouse. Download a sample limited consent form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs page with more than 50 questions and answers. Browse, search, or filter to find the information you need.
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?
Authorized users may register now.

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Download the resources below and start preparing now for January 6, 2020.

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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.

  • October 2019

    Registration Begins

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

  • Fall 2019

    Query Plans Available for Purchase

    Registered employers will log into their Clearinghouse accounts to purchase their query plan. Query plans may be purchased from the FMCSA Clearinghouse only.

  • 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. October 2019: Registration Begins

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

  3. Fall 2019: Query Plans Available for Purchase

    Registered employers will log into their Clearinghouse accounts to purchase their query plan. Query plans may be purchased from the FMCSA Clearinghouse only.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 cannot find the answer to your question in the FAQs you can contact FMCSA.