APWU: DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for CDL Holders

Congress creates a “Clearinghouse” impacting MVS Operators with CDLs

By notice dated, February 20, the USPS informed APWU of its compliance with a recent act of Congress which has established a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database providing employers, state licensing agencies, and enforcement officers with real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders’ violations of the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug or alcohol testing rules. The USPS notice states:

The Postal Service is required to query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees’ drug and alcohol violations. The Postal Service is required to annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ. Employees will be required to sign a consent to allow the Postal Service to run the annual query. (See 49 CFR 382. 701 (b)). The Postal Service anticipates to run the first query in late 2020.

Source: American Postal Workers Union

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