Owner Operators DOT Drug Testing Consortium
The FMCSA regulates "employers" and "drivers." An owner-operator may act as both - an employer and a driver at certain times. Thus, the owner operator has a dual role. An owner-operator, who is not leased to a motor carrier, must belong to a consortium for random testing purposes.
A common question we are asked is a when a driver works for two or more employers, in whose random pool must the driver be included? The answer is that the driver must be in the pool of each employer for which the driver works. So, an owner operator might work for himself and for another carrier. This driver must be enrolled in an owner operator consortium and be in the random testing pool for the carrier for which the driver works for.
Another common question is that the driver only works interstate, is this driver subject to the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing regulations? The answer is yes, the definition of commerce in 382.107 is taken from 49 U.S.C. Section 31301 which encompasses interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce. So, this includes Canada and Mexico.
If you are an owner operator, you own the business and you drive the truck; National Drug Screening can provide you with what you need. The process is simple, fast, and affordable and only $188.00 which includes your pre-employment drug test. This is an all-inclusive compliant package and will provide you assistance with a new entrant exam, safety review or audit.
Besides owner operators this page offers additional programs for employers regulated by DOT including FRA, FTA, PHMSA, FAA and USGC. A program for the California Public Utilities Commission controlled substances and alcohol testing program is also included.
- DOT Urine Drug Test – Just need a drug test for any DOT agency, order now
- Random Consortium Only – have your policy and program, just need the random consortium program – order now
- DOT Urine Drug Test for USCG with CG - 719P – Captains license and renewal required drug test, crewmembers, credentialed mariners – order now
- California PUC Compliant Drug & Alcohol Testing Program – need to comply with the California Public Utilities Commission’s alcohol and controlled substance testing program requirements – order now
- Random Consortium (FAA, FTA, FRA, PHMSA, USCG) – random testing programs available for all DOT agencies – order now
- FRA – MOW Compliance Package – doing work on or near railroad tracks? The FRA will hold railroads, contractors, and subcontractors equally responsible for ensuring that their employees who perform Maintenance of Way workers (MOW) activities are in compliance with the DOT FTA drug and alcohol testing requirements - order now
- FMCSA Random Program for Companies with 40+ Drivers – Big discount for larger companies, order now
- FMCSA Random Program for Companies with 11 - 40 Drivers – Consortium program for $60.00 per driver per year, includes all random testing – order now
- FMCSA Random Program for Companies with up to 10 Drivers – are you an employer with 1 driver or up to 10 drivers? Compliant program, easy and affordable - order now
Am I Covered?
Employers and owner operators often ask which drivers are subject to the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations. This is a good question because not all CDL holders are subject to the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations. Drivers of small pickup trucks or small vans would not be subject to the testing regulations.
Here are the criteria, do you have a CDL and operate a commercial motor vehicle that:
- Has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds), whichever is greater; or
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater; or
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
- Is of any size and is used in the transportation of hazardous materials as defined in this section.
Always important is to not subject a driver to DOT drug and alcohol testing if he/she and the vehicle being driven do not meet the above criteria.