Frequently Asked Questions
Does a failed DOT drug test go on your record?
Yes. If you failed or refused a DOT Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration(FMCSA) drug or alcohol test, that violation is reported in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse if it occurred after January 6, 2020. The Clearinghouse contains records of violations of drug and alcohol prohibitions in 49 CFR Part 382, Subpart B, including positive drug or alcohol test results and test refusals. Only violations that fall under FMCSA are reported into the Clearinghouse.
If you fall under Federal Aviation (FAA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) or the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and you failed or refused a DOT drug or alcohol test you must still complete the return-to-duty process in order to return to safety-sensitive duty.
Who is required to go through the DOT Return to Duty SAP process?
All DOT regulated safety-sensitive employees/candidates employed in the aviation, railroad, public transit, trucking, maritime, and pipeline industries who have violated federal DOT drug and alcohol testing rules. (e.g., positive test result, refusal to test)
I was terminated after a violation. Do I still need to go through the Return-to-Duty SAP process?
Yes. Once you have violated the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations, you are considered ineligible to perform safety-sensitive duties for any employer until you have completed the SAP process.
If I test positive on a DOT Drug or Alcohol test, can't I just retake the test?
If you are a DOT mandated employee, and you receive a positive test, you must be removed from safety-sensitive duty until you complete the Return-to-Duty SAP process.
How long will the entire SAP Process take?
The time it takes to complete the DOT Return-to-Duty SAP process varies. The SAP will make a clinical assessment and recommend treatment and/or education based on your individual needs. Note: The SAP must make a recommendation for some level of care per DOT CFR 49 Part 40 Subpart O.
Are Return to Duty and Follow-Up testing required?
What if I quit my job and now work somewhere else?
What if I applied for a job and I was not hired?
If you are a DOT safety-sensitive covered employee with a failed or refused to test (DOT violation) you are still required to complete the DOT Return to Duty SAP process. You are unable to work in any DOT safety-sensitive position until you have successfully completed this program.