Owner Operators FMCSA

What are the DOT Drug Testing Owner Operator Requirements

Three main requirements when you get started as a new owner operator:

  • Pre-employment test
  • Enrollment into a Consortium DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing for Owner Operators
  • Pre-employment query in the FMCSA Clearinghouse

Our Programs Include:

  • Enrollment into a random drug and alcohol testing consortium
  • UrinePre-employment drug test
  • Pre-employment query – FMCSA Clearinghouse
  • Same day service

Goat Moves Drug Testing makes this program fast and easy for you.  You can call for immediate service – 818-869-8878.


Question: Are Owner-Operators that operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on the public roads that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing?

The answer is of course yes.  Any person operating a CMV requiring a CDL in intrastate or interstate commerce is required to participate in a DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program.  Owner-operators must register with a consortium and participate in the Consortium’s random testing pool.   A Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPAs) is an entity that manages an employer’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program.  National Drug Screening has been providing TPA and consortium services for many years.  Our owner operators love our fast and easy set up for enrollment into a Consortium DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing for Owner Operators.  Same day service is available with an immediate certificate of compliance e-mailed to you.

Question: How many tests must my employees complete?

The answer: A review of FMCSA regulation Part 382 shows that the Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates that owner operators belong to a DOT Consortium that requires Pre-Employment, Random, Post Accident, and Reasonable Suspicion/Cause drug and alcohol testing of safety sensitive workers (drivers). All Owner Operators must comply with Part 382: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use Testing Program of the Federal Regulations. As a member of the National Drug Screening FMCSA consortium, you will have peace of mind that you are in compliance.

Owner Operators And The Fmcsa Clearinghouse

For owner operator clients of Goat Moves Drug Testing, please pay careful attention to these instructions:

January 6th, 2020 is the effective date for the new FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  As a regulated motor carrier, you are affected by this new rule and the addition to Part 382.  You are required to comply as any FMCSA employer is. Part 382.727 states: § 382.727 Penalties. An employer, employee, MRO, or service agent who violates any provision of this subpart shall be subject to the civil and/or criminal penalty provisions of 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C).

What does this mean to you as an owner operator?

As a client of Goat Moves Drug Testing enrolled into our random consortium for FMCSA drug and alcohol testing; Goat Moves Drug Testing will assist you with your responsibilities and compliance with the FMCSA Clearinghouse rule.  Listed below is what needs to happen:

  • You will need to register as an employer in the FMCSA Clearinghouse and designate  National Drug Screening, Inc as your C/TPA – Consortium/Third Party Administrator.
  • If you have a positive drug test or an MRO determined refusal to test, the MRO will report this event to the Clearinghouse
  • You will add your driver information to your employer registration including your CDL #
  • As an employer you will need to purchase annually two Query credits in the Clearinghouse system, they are $1.25 each.
  • If you are just starting your business, you must request that Goat Moves Drug Testing run a query on you for drug & alcohol test violation history.  You will need to log into the Clearinghouse and consent to this request.
  • Annually, Goat Moves Drug Testing will be required to run a query on you.  This will be a limited query and will require a paper consent form which Goat Moves Drug Testing will provide in a separate communication.
  • If you have an employer determined refusal to test, an alcohol positive test (greater than 0.04) or if there is actual knowledge of drug/alcohol use while performing safety sensitive duties; Goat Moves Drug Testing as C/TPA is required to report any of these events to the Clearinghouse.
  • If you have to go to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for a drug/alcohol violation; Goat Moves Drug Testing will report to the Clearinghouse a negative return to duty test and the completion of any required, follow up testing.

If you have questions regarding this information, please e-mail info@goat-moves.com or call 818-869-8878

The above information is required as part of the DOT FMCSA regulations and as a member of the Goat Moves Drug Testing FMCSA consortium program for owner operators.

Clearinghouse Registration

Clearinghouse Registration Instructions

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