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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and OMB Memorandum M-20-02 any previously issued guidance that does not appear in the Guidance Portal is considered rescinded and of no legal effect.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
Part 380 – Entry level Driver Training Guidance Q&A (Q026) FMCSA-ELDT-380-Q026 Commercial Driver License; Entry level Driver Training
How does an employer or consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA) submit a bulk query? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ022 Guidance on How to submit bulk query
Can a substance abuse professional (SAP) modify or delete return-to-duty (RTD) information he/she has reported? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ031 Guidance on SAP Information Modification
How can I track the progress of my bulk queries? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ007 Guidance on Bulk Query Tracking
Can an employer, consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA), or medical review officer (MRO) modify or delete violation information they have reported? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.705-FAQ006 Clearinghouse FAQ
If I registered as an employer without a Portal account, can I now link my Portal account with my Clearinghouse account? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ023 Guidance on Linking Portal Account to Clearinghouse Account
What actions should an employer take if unable to conduct required pre-employment queries? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.701-FAQ007 Guidance for employers unable to perform a preemployment query due to intermittent Clearinghouse outages on January 6, 2020.
What are the repercussions if an employer does not meet the required timeframe for reporting a violation? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.705-FAQ004 Guidance on percussions an employer may for not meeting the required timeframe for reporting a violation to the Clearinghouse
What records should employers maintain in a driver qualification file to meet the requirements of section § 382.701(e)? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382.701-FAQ004 Guidance on Maintaining Employer Records
Are there plans to support an employer interface allowing for automated uploads via a web service, or similar? FMCSA-D&A-CLEAR-382-FAQ033 Guidance on Clearinghouse Webservice interface