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FMCSA Updates SMS Website, Updated Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse User Brochures Now Available

July 09, 2021

FMCSA Updates SMS Website

FMCSA has updated the SMS Website with the June 25, 2021 results. Complete SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS Website.

Updated Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse User Brochures Now Available

FMCSA has posted updated materials to help CDL drivers and their employers register for and get started using the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Why must employers register?

  • To conduct queries on all potential new hires, and at least annually on all current employees who perform safety-sensitive functions, such as operate a commercial motor vehicle.
  • To report driver violations (positive alcohol tests, test refusals not reported by a medical review officer [MRO], and actual knowledge of violations).

Why should drivers register?

Drivers must be registered in the Clearinghouse when applying for a job with a new employer. Their registration must include a verified CDL number to respond to employer consent requests. Drivers may view their own Clearinghouse record at any time.

How should self-employed CDL drivers register?

CDL drivers who operate under their own authority (often called owner-operators, typically a single-driver operation) must register as an employer and designate a consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA) in the Clearinghouse. Owner-operators can also add their CDL information to add a driver role, which allows them to respond to query consent requests from their C/TPA.

Download the revised user brochures to learn more:

For more information, including step-by-step instructions on how to register and more, visit the Clearinghouse Learning Center.

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