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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. FMCSA may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this Guidance Portal, except to establish historical facts.

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and OMB Memorandum M-20-02, any previously issued guidance that does not appear in the Guidance Portal is considered rescinded and of no legal effect.

For more information regarding the procedures associated with the development and issuance of DOT guidance documents, please see the Department’s regulations on “Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures” (December 27, 2019). 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
Section § 385.415: What operational requirements apply to the transportation of a hazardous material for which a permit is required? FMCSA-HMSP-385.415-Q001 Hazardous Materials Safety Permits
Is a driver training school required to keep a driver qualification file on each student? FMCSA-DQ-391.51-Q002 Driver qualification files
(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”
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
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