November 8th, 2021 - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Clearinghouse Rule II
What It Means for State Driver Licensing Agencies
As of November 8, 2021, FMCSA’s second Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rule, Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver’s Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver’s License; Correction, is in effect. This rule addresses how States will use the information in the Clearinghouse to help ensure that only qualified drivers receive and retain a CDL or CLP. State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) must be in compliance with the new requirements no later than November 18, 2024.
The Clearinghouse rule II established new requirements for SDLAs. The question and answer below has been added to the Clearinghouse website to summarize the SDLA requirements.