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Once the Clearinghouse is implemented, will prospective employers still need to conduct drug and alcohol three-year background checks with previous employers?

Employers will be required to query the Clearinghouse and request drug and alcohol-testing histories from previous employers until the Clearinghouse has been in operation for 3 years. After 3 years, employers subject to part 382 will satisfy the drug and alcohol background check requirement by querying the Clearinghouse.  However, motor carrier employers are still subject to all other background requirements of section 391.23 (e.g., motor vehicle record, safety performance history). In addition, if a prospective employee was subject to drug and alcohol testing by a DOT mode other than FMCSA, employers must continue to request background information from those DOT-regulated employers, since that information will not be reported to the Clearinghouse.

Last Updated : December 2, 2016
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