FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration Portal Experiencing Technical Difficulties

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires employers with CDL drivers to register with and use the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to report, search and manage driver drug and alcohol records.

The deadline to sign up for the Clearinghouse: That means motor carriers or consortia/third party administrators must register with and check the Clearinghouse no later than January 5, 2021 to conduct the mandatory annual drug and alcohol record check for drivers employed as of January 6, 2020.

A number of marketers attempting to register online with the Clearinghouse over the past several weeks have been unsuccessful. In addition, the Clearinghouse hotline is not taking any calls.

EMA brought the registration difficulties to the attention of the FMCSA and is seeking guidance on potential liability for noncompliance for those who have been unable to register thus far.

EMA is awaiting feedback from the FMCSA on these issues and will report further when new information is available. In the meantime, continue efforts to register as the backlog of registrations are dealt with and the site is back up and running.

EMA Staff Contact: Mark S. Morgan Regulatory Counsel or 703-281-6600.

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