The Department of Transportation is currently urging employers not to complete FMCSA pre-employment testing on a new hire until they have received their CDL permit. Read more about the regulations and noted issue below.
What is Allowed in FMCSA Pre-Employment Testing
Tomo Drug Testing’s interpretation of current Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations in 382.301 allow a future CDL driver to be tested as a FMCSA pre-employment drug screen as long as the donor at a minimum has their CDL permit within 30 days from the date of the collection. In cases where donors don’t receive their CDL permit in 30 days the test is void and a new FMCSA pre-employment would be collected at the time their permit is received.
The issues we have seen recently, involving the above interpretation, occurs when a driver is sent for an FMCSA pre-employment test before receiving their permit and receives a positive result. In these cases, the Medical Review Officer (MRO) isn’t able to enter the drug positive result into the Clearinghouse.
Department of Transportation is urging employers not to complete an FMCSA pre-employment test on a new hire until they have received their CDL permit. This will correct the issue and allow the MRO to enter FMCSA pre-employment positives into the Clearinghouse.
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