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Don’t Risk It: Why Your Business Needs to Register with the FMCSA Clearinghouse Now

by | Jul 14, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello, transportation industry leaders! Today, we’re addressing an urgent matter that could significantly impact your business: registration with the FMCSA Clearinghouse. If you’re part of the transportation industry, you’re undoubtedly aware of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But have you realized the potential risks of not registering with the FMCSA Clearinghouse? If not, this blog post is a wake-up call!

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a comprehensive online database that provides real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations. This resource is not just a tool; it’s a necessity for safety and compliance in the transportation industry.

 Registration for the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) began for all user roles on September 28, 2019. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders, employers, consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs), medical review officers (MROs), and substance abuse professionals (SAPs) all must register within the Clearinghouse. In some cases, a single user may have multiple roles within the Clearinghouse.

This chart above reflects the number of CDL/CLP holders (drivers) and organizations registered within the Clearinghouse by role type since September 28, 2019

Feeling overwhelmed by the DOT compliance requirements? Don’t let the complexities put your business at risk. DATCS is here to help. Contact us today for expert assistance in maintaining DOT compliance. Give us a call at 1-888-201-0242, email our customer service team at or use or Contact Us page!

Why is Registering with the FMCSA Clearinghouse a Must?

1. **Safety First**: The FMCSA Clearinghouse is designed to enhance safety on our roads. By not registering, you’re potentially allowing drivers with drug and alcohol violations to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), putting lives at risk.

2. **Avoiding DOT Non-Compliance**: Registration with the Clearinghouse is a critical aspect of DOT compliance. Non-compliance can lead to severe fines and penalties, which could be a significant blow to your business.

3. **Efficient Hiring**: The Clearinghouse allows employers to verify a driver’s history quickly and effectively, making the hiring process more efficient. Without it, you’re potentially hiring high-risk drivers.

4. **Transparency and Accountability**: The Clearinghouse promotes transparency and accountability within the industry. By not registering, you’re missing out on this level of transparency and accountability.

Employers or their designated C/TPA, and MROs are required to report violations of the drug and alcohol program. Since January 6, 2020, there were 211,136 test results reported to the Clearinghouse with violations. The table below breaks out the results by violation type, for controlled substance (drug) tests and alcohol tests. The left side depicts total test results with violations by year and the right side compares total test results with violations for the month of May across three years: 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

The graph above illustrates the number of violations reported to the Clearinghouse since January 6, 2020.

In conclusion, not registering with the FMCSA Clearinghouse is a risk your company can’t afford to take. It’s not just about enhancing safety, ensuring DOT compliance, streamlining the hiring process, and promoting transparency and accountability. It’s about protecting your business and the public.

Need help getting registered with the FMCSA Clearinghouse? Don’t delay and put your business at risk. DATCS is ready to assist you. Reach out to us today for a seamless registration process. Call us at 1-888-201-0242, Contact us via this page or email our customer service department directly at

Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s work together to make our roads safer!

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