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DriverFacts Untangles FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

The “Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: The Ultimate Blind Date” white paper explores how the new rule will affect carriers and how they can prepare for its implementation

August 7, 2018 (Anaheim, Cal.)— DriverFacts announces the availability of its new white paper on the Federal Motor Carrier Association’s (FMCSA) new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule. The final rule, which goes into effect in early 2020, is designed to help FMCSA and motor carriers better identify commercial drivers who are prohibited from operating commercial vehicles because of drug and alcohol violations and refusals-to-test.

“Although the Clearinghouse rule doesn’t start for quite some time,” says Dave Widly, DriverFacts’ president and CEO. “It’s imperative that carriers understand how it will affect the transportation industry and how they can prepare for its implementation.”

The white paper, entitled “Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: The Ultimate Blind Date”, answers  the most frequently asked questions about the new rule, as well as provides an overview of all the important details carriers need to know, including: final rule requirements; added responsibilities for employers and carriers; obligations for each reporting entity; cost to drivers’ access to their own records; and differences between full and limited queries  It also explores how records are to be made available under the rule and the important steps needed to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act.

“We’ve tried to bring clarity to many of the confusing and unclear aspects of the clearinghouse rule and make them easier to digest,” says Widly. “This white paper is good read if you’ve been unsure of what the final rule means for your company.”

 Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: The Ultimate Blind Date can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions or would like information on how DriverFacts can assist with your D&A testing process documentation and submissions to the clearinghouse, visit or call (888) 844-4730 x803.


About DriverFacts

Since 1993 DriverFacts has built a reputation as a thought-leading company that serves the interests of the transportation industry. Its only goal is to eliminate the burdens of staying compliant with carrier-focused software and services. Its Third-Party Administration Service (T-PAS) maintains accurate driver data and automates responses to incoming DOT safety sensitive work history requests with real-time data updates and personalized accuracy checks. Drug & Alcohol Manager by DriverFacts is trucking industry-specific driver drug and alcohol test results management software that tracks and documents tests from request and collection to lab testing, results delivery, and MRO review for faster, more accurate employment decisions.

SMARTSystem by DriverFacts is a driver background-check search portal that provides a single point-of-access for recruiters to get CDLISs, MVRs, PSPs as well as other work histories and criminal reports.

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