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FMCSA releases Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse query prices

08.27.2019 - 10:54 AM Comments: 0

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse query prices have been set by the FMCSA, with a flat per query rate of $1.25.

The Clearinghouse, which will be required as of Jan. 6 2020, will also compile records of all drivers who have failed or refused a drug or alcohol test, according to Overdrive Magazine. 

In addition, query plans enable employers and their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct queries on prospective and current drivers in the Clearinghouse, according to the FMCSA.

It’s also important to remember that while working with C/TPAs to manage a drug and alcohol testing program is a requirement for all owner-operators, C/TPAs cannot purchase queries on behalf of employers. 

Additionally, queries must be performed on an annual basis as part of the pre-employment process and for every CDL driver currently employed. There are two kinds of queries currently available for employers to purchase, which include limited and full queries. 

A limited query is described by the FMCSA as a check for the presence of information in a driver’s Clearinghouse record, while a full query discloses to employers and designated C/TPAs detailed information about any resolved or unresolved violations in a driver’s Clearinghouse record. Both of these options are available for $1.25 by the FMCSA, and all require driver consent as well.

The FMCSA offers 19 different bundles that are customized to meet business needs and do not expire. The prices range from one query at $1.25 to 7,500 queries for $9,375.

According to Freight Waves, employers can also make an annual payment of $24,500 for an unlimited amount of queries instead of paying per query.

If you’d like more information on the topic you can click this link: Query-Plan-Factsheet.pdf

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