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DOT Testing and Services

DOT Testing and Services

Does your business fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation? US Drug Test Centers is a professional at establishing and administering DOT-compliant testing programs for any business in the transportation industry. We’re a consortium and third-party administrator, and we can manage your entire drug testing process from start to finish.

If you are a DOT-regulated company required to have a DOT-compliant drug and alcohol program in place, we can provide your business with complete driver drug and alcohol testing and program services. These include:

  • Writing your drug-free workplace policy.
  • Collecting specimens and conducting driver drug and alcohol testing.
  • Having all results verified by a medical review officer (MRO).
  • Training your Designated Employer Representative.

Managing Your Driver Drug and Alcohol Test Program

We strictly adhere to DOT compliance standards in all of our testing, which means when you use US Drug Test Centers, you can rest assured that your program will pass a DOT audit anytime. If you have employees fulfilling safety-sensitive roles within your business, we will help you develop a drug-free workplace program so that you and your staff are prepared for even random urine and breath alcohol tests requested by DOT.

We handle workplace safety with the utmost care. Unlike other medical facilities that simply offer standard drug testing, we are qualified to offer DOT-compliant testing with all the required components. This is vital for businesses within the:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Transit Association (FTA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Safety-sensitive employees are subject to drug or alcohol testing in the following situations:

  • Pre-employment.
  • Reasonable suspicion.
  • At random.
  • Return-to-duty.
  • Follow-up.
  • Post-accident.

Always Staying One Step Ahead

2018 has seen many changes in driver drug and alcohol testing. For instance, for the PHMSA, they committed to doubling the number of covered employees they drug test at random, from 25% to 50%.

There’s also the addition of a new drug panel to DOT’s drug testing, which now includes prescription opioids in addition to illegal ones — a response to our nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic, which has permeated the workplace with reckless abandon and is costing employers billions of dollars every year.

The changes in marijuana laws for both medicinal and recreational use are yet another reason to hire a third-party administrator like US Drug Test Centers to manage your driver drug and alcohol tests. The lines have been blurred, and complying with state and federal laws isn’t always clear-cut.

To DOT, safety is the top priority, and they insist that employees of DOT-compliant companies be 100% drug- and alcohol-free. We will make sure your company, its employees, and your driver drug and alcohol testing program stay in compliance at all times to ensure the safest environment possible — free of substance abuse — so you can focus on your business.



DOT Company and Owner Operator Random Programs

DOT Company and Owner Operator Random Programs

US Drug Test Centers can assist owner operators in all areas of the United States, for immediate compliance with DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing. We offer enrollment for DOT companies owner operators to be enrolled into our drug & alcohol random consortium. We provide you with an enrollment certificate, drug testing information on the program and give you access to our 20,000+ collection sites for testing in case you need a pre-employment, random or post-accident drug or alcohol test. Our random testing programs are available for truck drivers, bus companies, private fleets, for hire carriers and more!

Designated Employer Representative

Designated Employer Representative

Every company covered by Department of Transportation Regulations that employs safety-sensitive employees, must have one (or more) Designated Employer Representatives (DERs). Any non-DOT employer with a drug testing person needs a person in charge of the drug testing program – these folks are also Designated Employer Representatives (DERs). The role of the DER cannot be outsourced and must go through a reasonable suspicion supervisor training to be in compliance with DOT regulations. US Drug Test Centers offers training programs for DER’s to learn how to do their jobs. This is a unique responsibility and training is critical.

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Testing

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Testing

FMCSA requires all drivers to have a pre-employment drug testing and to be enrolled into a random drug & alcohol testing program. When utilizing US Drug Test Centers for you drug & alcohol testing program, you can be confident that you are in compliance and our team will assist you with your new entrant exam or any future audit of the drug and alcohol testing program. Random testing and reasonable suspicion testing are important components of your program. It is critical to have a knowledgeable provider to assist so that you are in compliance. Employers can be held responsible for service agent errors and resulting civil penalty actions for noncompliance even if the issues are caused by your drug testing provider.

FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing

FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing

Starting an FAA drug and alcohol testing program is not an easy task. US Drug Test Centers can provide expert assistance to get you started and can implement the required components of the drug and alcohol testing program for you, the employer. It is not just airlines that must implement the FAA required drug and alcohol testing regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) drug and alcohol testing regulations (14 CFR part 120) require any part 119 certificate holder that is authorized to operate under parts 121 and/or 135 to ensure that any person who performs safety-sensitive functions (e.g., maintenance or preventive maintenance), directly or by contract (including by subcontract at any tier), is subject to drug and alcohol testing.

FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing

FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing

US Drug Test Centers is a consortium and third party administrator (C/TPA) administering drug and alcohol testing programs for DOT regulated and FTA regulated employers. We can manage the entire drug testing process including written policy and drug testing with collection, laboratory and medical review officer (MRO). It is important that the policy for an FTA agency be reviewed and approved by the local governing board of the employer or operator, or other responsible individual with appropriate delegation of authority. The FTA has very strict rules and guidelines regarding post-accident testing and requirements for trainings. US Drug Test Centers can help your company set everything up.

USCG Drug Testing

USCG Drug Testing

Employers regulated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are required under Homeland Security regulations to maintain a drug and alcohol testing program. Formerly under DOT, the Coast Guard employers follow DOT 49 CFR Part 40, they still do follow these DOT regulations under a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation. Those applying for a Captains license or other merchant mariner credential need initial drug test and periodic drug testing every two years. Only a DOT 5 Panel (SAMHSA 5 Panel, formerly NIDA 5), testing for Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine (PCP) and Amphetamines will be accepted.

FRA Drug and Alcohol Testing

FRA Drug and Alcohol Testing

US Drug Test Centers provides drug and alcohol testing, random programs and trainings for FRA companies. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) required drug and alcohol testing programs for railroad operations. FRA regulated employer must follow guidelines for drug and alcohol testing from DOT rule 49 CFR Part 40 and from FRA rule Part 219. The FRA has designated its safety-sensitive employees to be those who perform service covered under the hours of service laws (covered service). This includes “contracted” hours of service employees and also individuals who may volunteer to perform hours of service duties for a railroad.

PHMSA Drug Testing

PHMSA Drug Testing

US Drug Test Centers is able to help you manage your PHMSA DOT company by providing drug testing and compliance manual services. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) operates in a dynamic and challenging environment. The scope and complexity of their safety mission will continue to grow, requiring that they fundamentally rethink how they will use data, information, and technology to achieve their safety goals. Employers regulated by PHMSA must follow DOT drug and alcohol testing rules 49 CFR Part 40 and must follow also the specific PHMSA agency rule 49 CFR Part 199. US Drug Test Centers makes available services for complete compliance with Part 40 and Part 199.