Understanding the FMCSA Clearinghouse: What You Need to Know

Is your DOT company compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse?

There is a large percentage of companies with Department of Transportation (DOT) employees who are not aware that they need to have a drug and alcohol program and be enrolled in the FMCSA Clearinghouse. If your company is one of these and needs help, MedPhysicals Plus is here for you! We can represent your company as a third-party administrator (TPA) and act on your behalf.

FMCSA Clearinghouse 

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a secure online database that contains real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) drivers with drug and alcohol program violations, including positive test results and refusal to submit to a required drug or alcohol test.

How to use the Clearinghouse?

The Clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers, medical review officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals (SAPs), consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs), and other service agents to report to the Clearinghouse information related to violations of the drug and alcohol regulations by current and prospective employees.

  • Employers must query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees’ drug and alcohol violations before permitting those employees to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) on public roads.
  • Employers must annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ.

What are the benefits of the Clearinghouse?

It provides the necessary tools for FMCSA and employers to identify drivers prohibited from operating a CMV due to DOT drug and alcohol program violations. It ensures these drivers receive required evaluation and treatment before returning to CMV operation. 

The Clearinghouse also helps employers identify drivers who commit violations with one employer but fail to inform subsequent employers. Additionally, records of drug and alcohol program violations will remain in the Clearinghouse for five years, or until the driver has completed the return-to-duty process, whichever is later.

Choose MPP as your TPA

MedPhysicals Plus offers comprehensive TPA services. We help your business register and manage all aspects of pre-employment, random, post incident, and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing and random program management to ensure compliance with FMCSA regulations.

Ensure your business is compliant and worry-free. Our team has extensive experience and knowledge of FMCSA regulations and compliance requirements.

Contact us today to learn more.