From 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 13 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021, GEORGIA commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) may not be verified in the Clearinghouse, due to scheduled system maintenance with the Georgia Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS). If this prevents an employer from conducting required pre-employment queries for information on GEORGIA CDL- and CLP-holders only, the employer may hire a driver using solely the procedures set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e), as outlined in the frequently asked questions.

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If the Clearinghouse experiences a technical issue that prevents users from conducting queries, FMCSA will post a notification on the home page informing employers that they may hire a driver using only the procedures set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e). If no such notification is on the home page, the requirement to conduct pre-employment queries, in addition to the manual inquiries established in § 391.23(e), prior to engaging a driver in safety-sensitive functions is in effect.

If a driver is hired without a pre-employment query due to the scenario outlined above, once the technical issues have been resolved, the employer must access the Clearinghouse to conduct the pre-employment query as required by § 382.701(1). The employer may have the driver perform a safety-sensitive function, such as operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), while waiting for the result of this pre-employment query. If the query result is that the driver is prohibited, the driver must be immediately removed from safety-sensitive functions.

Last Updated : January 15, 2021