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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and OMB Memorandum M-20-02 any previously issued guidance that does not appear in the Guidance Portal is considered rescinded and of no legal effect.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 level of insurance is required for a carrier operating a multi-compartment cargo tank that is transporting a hazardous substance, where each compartment is less than 3,500 water gallon capacity, and the total capacity is greater than 3,500 water gall FMCSA-INS-387.9-Q004 Insurance requirements for multi-compartment cargo tanks
Are volunteer drivers subject to alcohol and drug testing? FMCSA-D&A-382.103-FAQ007 Applicability of drug and alcohol testing requirements to volunteer drivers
What is the applicability of the FMCSRs to school bus operations performed by Indian Tribal Governments? FMCSA-RG-390.3T-Q012 Applicability of FMCSRs to Indian school bus operations
Does fuel used in the production of agricultural commodities qualify as “farm supplies” under 49 CFR 395.1(k)? FMCSA-HOS-AG-395.1-FAQ31 Hours of Service Agricultural Commodities
Is a vehicle used to transport or tow an anhydrous ammonia nurse tank considered a CMV and subject to FMCSRs? FMCSA-RG-390.5T-Q002 Applicability of FMCSRs to vehicles towing nurse tanks
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
Are motor carriers transporting HM that are covered under exceptions to the HMRs subject to financial responsibility regulations? FMCSA-INS-387.3-Q007 Applicability of Financial Responsibility Regulations to motor carrier transporting hazardous materials under exceptions to the HMRs
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