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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 contained herein lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract, and are not meant to bind the public in any way. The guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

This Guidance Portal represents the exclusive source of guidance that the FMCSA has determined is in effect. In accordance with Executive Order 13891 and OMB Memorandum M-20-02 any previously issued guidance that does not appear in the Guidance Portal is considered rescinded and of no legal effect. Such materials shall not be cited, used, or relied upon, except to establish historical facts.

To comment on any guidance document, or to request issuance, reconsideration, modification, or rescission of any guidance document in accordance with 49 CFR 5.41, send your request to: FMCSAguidance@dot.gov. Please identify the guidance document in your request.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
What are the physical qualification requirements for operating a CMV in interstate commerce? FMCSA-MED-391.41-Q3 Driver Physical Qualification Standards
May an employer notify a driver of his/her selection for a random controlled substances test while the driver is in an off-duty status? FMCSA-D&A-382.305-FAQ011 Notifying a driver of his/her selection for a random test while the driver is in an off-duty status
If a driver is required repeatedly to respond to satellite or similar communications received during a 10-hour off-duty period (8-hour off-duty period for passenger transportation), does this activity affect a driver’s duty status? FMCSA-HOS-395.2-Q31 Hours of Service Definitions
Is it permissible to select alternates for the purpose of complying with the Random Testing regulations? FMCSA-D&A-382.305-FAQ012 Selecting alternates for the purpose of complying with the random testing regulations
If a driver drives in a non-commercial vehicle to take a physical examination, should the duty status be recorded as on-duty not driving, or as off-duty? Would the answer change if the motor carrier directs the driver to go for the examination? FMCSA-HOS-395.2-Q32 Hours of Service Definitions
May an employer conduct a road test administered in accordance with 49 CFR §391.31 prior to driver-applicant subject to 49 CFR §382 submits to a pre-employment controlled substances test? FMCSA-D&A-382.301-FAQ004 Whether an employer may administer a road test to a prospective driver subject to Part 382 without first conducting a pre-employment test
Section § 387.3: Applicability FMCSA-INS-387.3-Q004 Applicability of Financial Responsibility Requirements to Government Entities
If an employer is subject to random testing for only a partial calendar year, how should the employer determine the number of random tests required during the year to achieve the appropriate testing rate? (Examples: new employers that begin operating midw FMCSA-D&A-382.305-FAQ014 Guidance on how to determine the number of random tests required during the year to achieve the appropriate testing rate for employers who are subject to random testing for only a partial calendar year
Part 387 Section § 387.27: Applicability. FMCSA-INS-387.27-Q006 Applicability of Financial Responsibility regulations to school buses used by the federal government of Mexico
A corporation (the parent corporation) owns subsidiary corporations that are for-hire motor carriers, each having their own separate operating authorities. The parent corporation does not operate commercial motor vehicles. However, the parent corporation FMCSA-RG-390.5T-FAQ029 Whether a parent with subsidiary “motor carriers” is a “motor carrier”