Registration begins for CDL Drug, Alcohol Clearinghouse

October 1, 2019

Land Line Staff


Registration is now open for the congressionally mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Commercial driver’s license holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit this website and register to create a secure online user account, according to a news release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The clearinghouse is intended to be a secure online database allowing FMCSA, commercial motor vehicle employers, state driver licensing agencies, and law enforcement officials to quickly identify CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements.

Beginning Jan. 6, employers of CDL drivers must check the clearinghouse to verify that a current or prospective driver is not prohibited from operating commercial motor vehicles. A driver will need to be registered to provide electronic consent in the clearinghouse if a prospective or current employer needs to conduct a full query of the driver’s record. This will include all pre-employment queries beginning on Jan. 6.

Commercial drivers are not required to immediately register for the clearinghouse unless they are looking for a job. They may want to register, however, in order to review their clearinghouse record and initiate the process to revise it or remove incorrect information.

Here is a brochure intended for CDL drivers.

There is no cost for registration.

“As this congressional mandate is enacted, FMCSA’s goal is to ensure drivers, employers, and everyone who will be using the clearinghouse are registered as efficiently and effectively as possible. FMCSA is here to be helpful during this implementation, and we strongly encourage all CMV stakeholders to get registered in the clearinghouse now,” FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez said in the news release.

FMCSA launched the website in March. Representatives answered questions about the clearinghouse at the Mid-America Trucking Show in late March.

Registration is required to be able to access the clearinghouse once it is fully implemented on Jan. 6. To access the clearinghouse, authorized users must register. These users include:

  • Drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit.
  • Employers of CDL drivers. This includes those who employ themselves as CDL drivers (owner-operators), typically a single-driver operation.
  • Consortia/third-party administrators.
  • Medical review officers.
  • Substance abuse professionals.

FMCSA’s clearinghouse website contains user brochures and instructional aids with step-by-step registration instructions for all users. Users can visit the website to access these resources and to start the registration process.