You're only in violation if you fail to register and need to either conduct a query or report information to the Clearinghouse. Not registering in itself in not a violation. If you do not plan to hire anyone on or after January 6, 2020 you can wait to register until such time as you need to report information or conduct a query. You can email questions to email@example.com
If you do need to hire, report information or conduct a DACH inquiry, FMCSA suggest that you register directly at the DACH website at https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/ as an interim step until the FMCSA Portal is fully operational. Note that the DACH is also experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may be asked to leave a message for a call-back.
You are able to register for a Clearinghouse account at this time without linking to your Portal account. However, at a time in the future, you will still need to link your Clearinghouse account to your Portal account when all functionality is re-established.
This web page was updated on: 1/23/2020
The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse registration is mandatory for all employers of CDL drivers and Owner-Operators. Scroll down for registration information.
If your company has a USDOT number, you must first setup an FMCSA Portal account before trying to register for the Clearinghouse. If you already have a FMCSA Portal account, use the instructions below to configure your account to grant access to the Clearinghouse.
REMINDER: You need to purchase a "Query Plan" so TNT can run drivers through the system, the plans never expire, most have been purchasing the 10 or 20 plan.
FMCSA Portal: https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login
Once you’ve setup your FMCSA Portal account you’ll need to login and grant access or permission to the clearinghouse following these steps:
You should see both listed as “pending” under “Requested Roles”, you’ll have to logout and wait 5-10 minutes for FMCSA to “approve” the roles. You might need to logout and log back in.
To check approval, repeat steps 1-3, under “Requested Roles” you should now see “DACH Motor Carrier Admin – Approved” and “DACH Motor Carrier – Approved”. If you don't see "approved" try again, FYI make sure you click on "submit".
After you've setup your FMCSA Portal account and you get a "blank page" when trying to login and you see "https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/chooser" in the URL field FMCSA says they're aware of this error and currently the only fix is to contact FMCSA and have them delete your account, then have you create a new one.
I've found that the fastest way to contact FMCSA is by using the online chat feature. Here's a link that will take you directly to the FMCSA chat page https://ask.fmcsa.dot.gov/app/chat/chat_launch
CDL drivers applying or seeking new employment are required to enroll in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.