With registration for the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse coming up soon, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has announced their query plan options for employers. These query plans will become available for purchase during Clearinghouse registration this fall. All employers of CDL drivers will be required to purchase a query plan.
Why Do Employers Need A Query Plan?
In order to conduct queries within the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, employers of CDL drivers and owner-operators must purchase a query plan.
The Clearinghouse final rule requires that employers conduct queries both as part of any pre-employment driver investigation and at least annually for every CDL driver they currently employ.
Please note that query purchases are required for designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct queries on prospective and current drivers in the Clearinghouse and that C/TPAs cannot purchase queries on behalf of employers.
There is a $1.25 flat rate per query – including both limited and full queries. However, options are available for high-volume users.
To see more details about the Clearinghouse query plans, you can visit their website here.