FMCSA Changes Clearinghouse Inquiry Requirements
- January 10, 2023
- Posted by: Rachel DeLaune
- Categories: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety
Pre-employment Investigations for Drugs and Alcohol
Motor carriers will no longer be required to reach out to previous employers for drug-and-alcohol-related information about prospective drivers. As of January 6, 2023, conducting a pre-employment Clearinghouse query will satisfy the requirement to investigate a prospective driver’s previous drug and alcohol program violations.
- Request electronic consent from the driver for pre-employment queries.
- Conduct a full query of the FMSCA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse as part of each pre-employment driver investigation process.
- Annual queries must still be conduct for all currently employed drivers.
Clearinghouse query results should be kept in the Driver’s Qualification File for review during an audit. If non-compliance surfaces during a safety audit, carriers face a $5,833 fine per offense.
Log in to the Clearinghouse and visit your Query History page to see if your annual queries are due.
Pre-employment Investigations for Driving Records
Please note the pre-employment Clearinghouse query is mandatory and reports a driver’s 3-year drug and alcohol record.
Carriers may wish to conduct an additional query using FMCSA’s Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP) to request a potential driver’s driving record, which includes the driver’s 5-year crash record and 3-year roadside inspection history. While the PSP query is optional, we recommended that carriers obtain these records and keep them in the Driver’s Qualification File.
Chris Conti / 225-413-7542 / [email protected]
Ricky Roberts / 225-341-0409 / [email protected]