The FMCSA appears to be making progress on the implementation of the drug and alcohol Clearinghouse. The final rule was published in December of 2016 and is currently on track to be implemented and operational on January 6, 2020.
A website has been created to answer questions regarding the new process. This website can be viewed at Clearinghouse FMCSA. Employers must register and set up an account to use the system, registration opens fall of 2019.
January 6, 2020, mandatory use of the Clearinghouse begins. Employers must report and query information about a drivers drug and alcohol program violations. Employers must conduct both electronic queries within the Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to cover the preceding three years until January 6, 2023.