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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.

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: Please identify the guidance document in your request.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
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
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
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
(FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.711-FAQ004) FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.711-FAQ004 Guidance on Staffing Agency registration in the Clearinghouse
Which drivers are to be included in a alcohol and controlled substances testing program under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rule? FMCSA-D&A-382.103-Q07 Applicability of drug and alcohol testing requirements to drivers operating CMVs in commerce
Should a medical review officer (MRO) report a negative-dilute test result in the Clearinghouse? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.705-FAQ015 Guidance Clarifying that a negative-dilute RTD result should be reported as “negative”
How are bulk queries processed? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ006 Guidance on Bulk Query Processing
Part 380 – Entry level Driver Training Guidance Q&A (Q026) FMCSA-ELDT-380-Q026 Commercial Driver License; Entry level Driver Training