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Owner Operator DOT Consortium Random Drug & Alcohol Program

Owner Operators DOT Required Random Testing – Are you in Compliance?

Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require trucking companies to participate in a DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program.  As an owner operator this is often complex and challenging as you have an additional requirement to register with a consortium and participate in the Consortium’s random testing pool.

The consortium is often referred to as a Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA).  US Drug Testing Centers is a leader in the nation providing Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA) services.  Our experienced team can help you with compliance with three easy steps taking out all the complexity and making the process very simple for you to get compliant today.

Three easy steps for compliance with DOT regulations for a drug and alcohol testing consortium:

  1. Call 866-566-0261 OR CLICK for program information and registration
  2. Complete a pre-employment drug test
  3. Follow our instruction for compliance with our FMCSA random testing consortium

How Do I Know if I Need a DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Consortium?

Criteria for the Requirement for a Random Drug Testing Consortium

  1. You have a CDL license and operate a commercial motor vehicle on public roads
  2. The vehicle has a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds (11,794 kilograms) OR the vehicle is of any size and is required to be placarded when being used to transport hazardous materials

Simple, Fast and Affordable

At US Drug Testing Centers we work every day with owner operators and make the required participation in the random consortium very easy without taking up a lot of your time.  Upon completion of your registration you will receive your drug testing custody and control form (CCF) to take your pre-employment DOT drug test, a certificate of compliance, employee education guide, access to over 20,000 collection sites and medical review.  We can also schedule your pre-employment test electronically so you can get that completed with same day service in all areas of the United States.  DOT random consortium compliance is simple, fast and affordable and can be accomplished one day – no long applications, credit checks or other paperwork hassles.  Our owner operator experts are standing by to help you comply with the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.

US Drug Testing Centers provides a complete turnkey service; this includes the specimen collection facility, a SAMHSA certified laboratory, medical review officer (MRO0 and when needed a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).  Drug test results are reported with quick turnaround time electronically with our web based portal and electronic communications.

Remember, as an owner-operator in the motor carrier industry, FMCSA regulations require you to belong to a C/TPA to ensure your compliance with random testing

Why is Consortium Enrollment Important?
Save money, save time and avoid fines and out of service violations.  Fines can range up to $10,000 per occurrence, an out of service notice will put you out of business.

For new owner operators within 12 months after beginning operations you will have a DOT FMCSA safety Audit often called a new entrant examination.  Audits and compliance reviews include verification of your DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program.  A new entrant (new owner operator) will automatically fail the Safety Audit for violations related to:

  • Owner operator not enrolled in a consortium program for random drug and alcohol testing
  • No alcohol and/or drug testing program.
  • No RANDOM alcohol and/or drug testing program.
  • Using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test.
  • Using a driver the company knows had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater.
  • Using a driver who failed to complete required follow-up procedures after testing positive for drugs.

Required Drug Testing

DOT and FMCSA require alcohol testing and drug testing with the 5 Panel Drug Test.  This panel tests for:

  • Marijuana metabolites
  • Cocaine metabolites
  • Phencyclidine
  • Opioids - codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone & hydromorphone
  • Amphetamines -amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA & MDA

When is Drug Testing Required under DOT and FMCSA Rules (Part 382, Subpart C)?

These testing requirements apply to the Owner Operator.

382. Pre-employment (382.301) - The company must require a driver applicant the company intends to hire or use to be tested for drug use as a pre-qualification condition. The company may not first use the driver until a verified negative drug test result is obtained.

Alcohol is typically not utilized for pre-employment testing but is utilized in all the other testing types below.

382. Post-accident (382.303) - DOT rules require that any driver involved in an accident that results in a death or citation for a moving violation must submit to a test for the presence of drugs and alcohol.

What is an accident? –An occurrence involving a commercial vehicle operating on a public road which results in a fatality, an injury requiring immediate treatment away from the scene or disabling damage requiring one or more vehicles to be towed.

  1. Random Testing (382.305)

DOT regulations mandate that the company establish a random drug and alcohol testing program. The rate for drug testing must be at least 25% and the rate for alcohol testing must be at least 10%, based on the average number of driver positions.

Selection must be made by a scientifically valid method and testing must be spread reasonably throughout the calendar year. If the company conducts testing through a consortium, the number of drivers to be tested may be calculated based on the total number of drivers covered by the consortium.

Random alcohol testing shall only be conducted on a driver while on duty, just before driving or just after driving.

  1. Reasonable suspicion (382.307 and 382.603)

The company may require a driver to submit to a drug or alcohol test when reasonable suspicion exists that the driver has violated the drug use or alcohol misuse prohibitions contained in the regulations. The determination must be based on specific, contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech or body odors of the driver.

The company official who makes the determination that reasonable suspicion exists must receive at least 60 minutes of training on drug use and at least an additional 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse. The person who determines that reasonable suspicion exists must not conduct an alcohol test.

Alcohol testing for reasonable suspicion is authorized only if the observations are made and the test conducted while the driver is on duty, just before driving or just after driving.

Return-to-duty (382.309) - Each employer shall ensure that before a driver returns to duty requiring the performance of a safety-sensitive function after engaging in conduct prohibited by subpart B of this part concerning alcohol, the driver shall undergo a return-to-duty alcohol test with a result indicating an absence of alcohol.

Each employer shall ensure that before a driver return-to-duty requiring the performance of a safety-sensitive function after engaging in conduct prohibited by subpart B of this part concerning controlled substances, the driver shall undergo a return-to-duty controlled substance test with a result indicating a verified negative result for controlled substance use.

  1. Follow-up (382.311 and 382.605) - The company must advise any driver who has violated the drug use or alcohol misuse regulations of the resources available in evaluating and resolving problems associated with the conduct. Each driver who has engaged in prohibited conduct must be evaluated by a substance abuse professional. If it is determined that assistance is needed, follow-up testing may be required.

Testing must be unannounced and consist of at least 6 tests in the first 12 months following the driver’s return to duty. In no case shall the testing exceed 60 months.

Follow-up alcohol testing shall only be conducted on a driver while on duty, just before a safety sensitive function or just after a safety sensitive function.

Who Is Covered?

Who Is Covered for DOT FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Testing?

If you drive a truck and you are self-employed or an owner operator, you may be regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for drug and alcohol testing. If you have a CDL and answer YES to any of the following questions, then YES you need to be in compliance with DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.
  1. Do you drive a vehicle that has a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds (11,794 kilograms) or more? or
  2. Do you drive a vehicle that is capable of transporting 16 or more passengers including the driver? or
  3. Do you drive a vehicle of any size that is required to be placarded when being used to transport hazardous materials in accordance with 49 CFR part 172, subpart f?

Stand Alone Random Program

Drug Test
  • This is a random drug testing pool with employees from just one company.
  • Typically companies with over 12 employees elect to have a stand-alone random testing program.
  • For example, a company with 100 truck drivers will be required to test annually 25 drivers for drugs and annually 10 drivers for alcohol.
  • Random testing programs available for bus companies, private fleets and for hire carriers.
DOT Testing

Immediate Service Available for DOT Random Testing Programs

Same day service is available to enroll in our DOT random consortium for owner operators and small trucking companies. Certificates of compliance are issued same day when drivers are enrolled into our consortium pool or a stand-alone pool. Programs can be set up immediately. Contact US Drug Test Centers to quickly set up a consortium pool or a stand-alone pool. US Drug Test Centers has a special program for owner operators to participate in our random testing consortium. Same day service is available to enroll in our DOT Random Consortium. Our random testing services are available in all areas of the United States.

DOT Random Testing Required Rates

DOT Agency

Annual Rate Drugs

Annual Rate Alcohol

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

25%

10%

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

25%

10%

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

25%

10%

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

25%

10%

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

25%

None

United States Coast Guard (USCG)

25%

None

Each DOT Agency and the USCG has regulations that require certain employers to implement a random testing program. Compliance experts at US Drug Test Centers can help you navigate through the requirements for your DOT required random drug testing program.

Get Compliant Today with DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations

Call 866-566-0261 OR CLICK today to take advantage of our DOT Owner Operator FULL Compliance Package.  This package is for new owner operators. This package includes a pre-employment drug test, enrollment certificate, drug and/or breath alcohol testing if randomly selected, employee education guide, access to over 20,000 collection sites and medical review officer (MRO).  US Drug Testing Centers will provide ongoing consultation with this package and assistance should you be faced with a new entrant exam or DOT audit.