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Regulatory Guidance

Welcome to the FMCSA Guidance Portal. This web portal is a searchable, indexed database that contains and links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract.

To comment on any guidance document, or to request issuance, reconsideration, modification, or rescission of any guidance document, please identify the guidance document in your request and send it to: FMCSAguidance@dot.gov. NOTE: The FMCSAguidance mailbox is not intended to serve as a mailbox for general inquiries. For inquiries that go beyond the limited purpose of the FMCSAguidance mailbox, please call FMCSA's Information Line (800-832-5660) or visit FMCSA's "Contact Us" page to send your inquiry to the appropriate mailbox.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
Record of Violations, 87 Fed. Reg. 13192 (March 9, 2022) FMCSA-FR-87FR13192(2022-03-09) Record of violations
May motor carriers use third parties to ask driver’s licensing authorities for copies of driving records to be examined during the carrier’s annual review of each driver’s record? FMCSA-DQ-391.25-Q003(2022-03-09) Driving record annual review
ELDT theory training for the Class A and Class B CDL includes a unit of instruction covering whistleblower and coercion protections for CMV drivers. Are drivers protected from retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, sexual assault and threats of... FMCSA-ELDT-WHISTLEBLOWER-COERCION-FAQ01(2022-03-09) Entry-Level Driver Training – Whistleblower and Coercion Protections
May motor carriers use third parties to ask driver’s licensing authorities for copies of the driving record of driver-applicants? FMCSA-DQ-391.23-Q002(2022-03-09) Driver investigations and inquiries
What resources are available to assist CMV drivers who experience sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace? FMCSA-SEXUALHARASSMENT-ASSAULT-FAQ01(2022-03-09) Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Workplace
To what extent must a motor carrier review a driver’s overall driving record to comply with the requirements of § 391.25? FMCSA-DQ-391.25-Q001(2022-03-09) Driving record annual review
Accident Reporting: Change to Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Use of the Term “Medical Treatment” FMCSA-FR-87FR10895(2022-02-25) “Medical treatment” that triggers “accident” classification
A person is transported to a hospital from the scene of a commercial motor vehicle traffic accident. FMCSA-RG-390.5T-FAQ027(2022-02-25) “Medical treatment” that triggers “accident” classification
May States allow third party testers to administer CDL knowledge tests for all classes and endorsements, without any State examiner being present? FMCSA-CDL-383.75-Q01(2022-02-03) Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Third Party Testing
Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Regulatory Guidance Concerning Third Party Testers Conducting the Knowledge Test, 87 Fed. Reg. 6045 (Feb. 3, 2022) FR-87FR6045(2022-02-03) Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Third Party Testing