Q1. Are Owner-Operators that operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on the public roads that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing? Please refer to 382.107 to find definition of CMV.
A1. Yes, any person operating a CMV requiring a CDL in intrastate or interstate commerce is required to participate in a DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program. Please see 382.305 question 11.Owner-operators must register with a consortium and participate in the Consortium’s random testing pool.A Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPAs) is an entity that manages all, or part, of an employer's DOT drug and alcohol testing program - See more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/what-are-consortiumthird-party-administrators#sthash.xu4XJbe0.dpuf. Suggestions on how to find a DOT consortium are provided below.
Please be advised, FMCSA does not approve or endorse C/TPAs (e.g. service agents).
Suggestions on how to find a consortium and participate in a DOT Drug and Alcohol Program:
- Go to www.google.com [external link] or other internet search site and type in the key words Consortium DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing owner-operator.
- Seek advice from motor carrier industry or trucking related organizations in your area.
- Search the yellow pages.
For additional questions please refer to The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) FAQS.