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Countdown To Effective Date: January 6th, 2020

Step By Step Guide On Registering To The FMCSA CDL Clearinghouse


January 6, 2020 is when employers & service agents will be required to report driver violations of FMCSA drug & alcohol testing regulations; employers must run full queries in the Clearinghouse every time they hire a CDL driver to perform safety-sensitive functions; and employers must run a queries on all current drivers performing safety-sensitive drivers once a year; and continue manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the previous three years of employment history.

Employers are also responsible for reporting the following information to the Clearinghouse (within three business days of each instance):

  • - Alcohol confirmation test result with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater
  • - A refusal to test
  • - A report that the driver completed all follow-up tests prescribed in SAP report
  • - Report actual knowledge of workplace drug and alcohol use
  • - Reporting a negative drug and alcohol return to duty tests


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How to Register to the FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse


Motor Carriers will need access to their FMCSA Portal account or create one (must know their DOT# and Pin#) as the very first step in registering to the CDL Clearinghouse.

If you already have your FMCSA Portal account, you need to login to the FMCSA Portal and give Clearinghouse permissions to access the portal account.


This video walks through:

  • - Setting up an FMCSA Portal Account
  • - Adding permissions in the FMCSA Portal Account to allow Clearinghouse to access the FMCSA Portal Account
  • - Then Registering to the Clearinghouse via the Clearinghouse Registration website
  • **If a CleanFleet Consortium/TPA member, please select CleanFleet as your TPA and select the three boxes to allow us to use the Clearinghouse fully on your behalf**


Read this article: Common Issues When Registering to the CDL Clearinghouse and How To Fix Them



PDF Guide To Register To The Clearinghouse


Before you can conduct queries or report drug and alcohol program violations in the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, you must complete the registration process. Once registered, you can designate a consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA) to access the Clearinghouse on your behalf.

Click here for a step-by-step guide on HOW to Register to the Clearinghouse.

Register Now to the CDL Clearinghouse!


Employers and drivers can now register to the CDL Clearinghouse on the federal Clearinghouse website. Employers have until January 6th, 2020 to register before violations could occur.

Don’t wait! Registering now lets you complete the steps below so that you can be ready when the Clearinghouse is operational on January 6, 2020.


Does a C/TPA manage your drug and alcohol testing program? Designate them today. Have an FMCSA Portal account? Link it with your Clearinghouse account.

There are three main scenarios in which drivers will be required to register with the Clearinghouse: drivers seeking new employment; drivers registering with a SAP after a violation; and drivers who are required to give consent for a Full Query.


Click here to register now at the Federal Clearinghouse website. 


Bundle and Save


CleanFleet offers help with queries, consortium membership, driver qualification file management, and driver/company training all al la carte. However, we offer several bundle packages that provide special savings and extra services.

Check out the bundled packages and what they include.

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Need Help With The Clearinghouse Queries?

Contact CleanFleet 503.479.6082


We at CleanFleet can help you with all your Clearinghouse needs with packages that may include:

  • - Clearinghouse Services
  • - Consortium/TPA Membership (required for Owner Operators)
  • - Driver Qualification File Management
  • - Updating Company Testing Policies
  • - Managed Driver/Company Web-Based Training

Learn more about our Clearinghouse Membership.