Extension of Compliance Date for States' Query of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

December 31, 2019 8:56 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

FMCSA proposes to extend the compliance date for the requirement established by the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) final rule that States request information from the Clearinghouse ("query'') before completing certain commercial driver's license (CDL) transactions.

The States' compliance with this requirement, currently due to begin on January 6, 2020, would be delayed until January 6, 2023.

This proposal would, however, allow States the option to voluntarily request Clearinghouse information beginning on January 6, 2020. As explained further in the link below, the proposed delay of the State query requirement would have no impact on highway safety.

The compliance date of January 6, 2020 would remain in place for all other requirements set forth in the Clearinghouse final rule; including requiring drivers to register and consent to carriers checking their record for failed drug tests or refusals to take drug tests. Employers are required to check the Clearinghouse as part of pre-employment driver investigations and screen each of their currently employed CDL drivers at least once a year.

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