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Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH)

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH) is a secure, online database administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The purpose of the DACH is to provide law enforcement, state licensing agencies, and employers in the transportation sector with real-time compliance information on commercial license and permit holder’s drug and alcohol program violations. The DACH warehouses data on violations, including positive drug or alcohol test results along with test refusals. As drivers complete their return to duty processes and follow-up testing plans post violation, these details are added to their respective clearinghouse record. All safety-sensitive drivers who hold a CDL and CLP license are subject to this requirement and should register with the DACH.

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You Are On The Right Track With DOT Compliance Group!

If you need assistance with the clearinghouse, you can speak with one of our compliance specialists right away by giving us a call. Our all-encompassing Clearinghouse program includes the following and more:

Efficient driver registration process.

Easy authentication and login from your phone.

Quick access to a substance abuse professional in case of a violation.

Ability to enroll in our Substance Abuse Program (SAP) in case of a violation.

Required Service For Owner Operators – We Are A Consortium/Third Party Administrator (C/TPA) You Can Trust.

DOT Compliance Group is your ideal partner if you are an owner operator. If you are a safety-sensitive CDL or CLP driver, you are not only required to be enrolled in a random drug and alcohol testing program but to also be registered in the DACH.

Benefits of Using OUR Services:

Easy to follow enrollment guide

Running pre-employment & annual queries

Reporting violations to clearinghouse

Reporting negative RTD tests & completion of follow-up program

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Understanding Clearinghouse Registration For Your Drivers

All safety-sensitive drivers in your company must register. The following circumstances necessitate registration:

It allows you as the employer to have a full query run for pre-employment

Registering is the only way a driver can view their clearinghouse information

Drivers who have any violations are required to register

The only way you, as an employer, can run a full query on a potential driver is for the driver to log in to their clearinghouse account and give consent. Without that, you would not be allowed to hire that driver.

Employer Clearinghouse Requirements To Be Aware Of

As an employer, you will be subject to the following DOT requirements under the FMCSA Clearinghouse:

Queries of all new drivers.

Annual queries of all existing drivers.

Positive alcohol tests must be reported.

Employer-determined refusals to be assessed.

Negative return to duty test should be reported.

Completion of follow-up testing programs to be reported

Policies and education programs need to be updated


What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.
What is the Purpose of the Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse’s purpose is to maintain records of all drug and alcohol program violations in a central repository and require employers to query the system to determine whether current or prospective employees have incurred a drug or alcohol violation that would prohibit them from performing safety-sensitive functions covered by the FMCSA and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing regulations.
Am I required to be registered in the FMCSA Clearinghouse?
If you are an employer (this includes owner operators) covered by the FMCSA drug and alcohol random testing program, then you are required by law to register with the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH).
What is a C/TPA?
C/TPA stands for “Consortium/Third-party Administrator” they manage all, or part, of an employer’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program, sometimes including maintaining required testing records. They perform tasks as agreed to by the employer to assist in implementing the drug and alcohol testing program and to help keep the employer compliant with the DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations.
As an Employer am I required to designate a C/TPA?
Employers can choose to designate a C/TPA to perform services in the Clearinghouse on behalf of the employer, but it is not a requirement.
I am an Owner Operator. Am I required to designate a C/TPA?
Yes. As an Owner Operator you are REQUIRED to designate a C/TPA for reporting violations.
Can I have my C/TPA set up my Clearinghouse account for me?
Employers and Owner Operators must initially register THEMSELVES in the Clearinghouse, this function cannot be outsourced to a C/TPA. However, when signing up with DOT Compliance Group, we will assist you in getting registered.
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