California PUC Drivers & Drug Testing

California PUC Drivers & Drug Testing

Last updated on October 2nd, 2020 at 10:01 am

Many drivers in California are required to have drug testing prior to the issuance of their permit or certificate.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) goes beyond the Federal DOT FMCSA regulations for drug testing of drivers.

There are two types of for-hire passenger carrier licenses that are issued by the PUC which have the drug test requirement.  These are the PSC and the TCP.  The PSC provides service to the general public on an individual-fare basis including scheduled service, airport shuttle or other door to door service.  TCP charters include vehicles rented on a prearranged basis for use by a group like a party bus or limousine.  Also included are round-trip sightseeing services.


All passenger stage and charter-party applicants who propose to employ drivers who will operate vehicles having a seating capacity of 15 persons or less, including the driver, must comply with the Commission’s controlled substance and alcohol testing certification program requirements.

A test for one applicant shall be accepted as meeting the same requirement for any other applicant. Any negative test result shall be accepted for one year as meeting any requirement for periodic testing for that applicant or any other applicant, if the driver has not tested positive subsequent to a negative result. However, an earlier negative result shall not be accepted as meeting the pre-employment testing requirement for any subsequent employment, or any testing requirements under the program other than periodic testing.  More detailed information about the program available online at:
General Program Requirements

National Drug Screening has a turnkey program for drivers needing this required drug testing and drug free workplace program.

With our program we will report the drug test result and the list of our services as required to the CPUC.  Everything you need for compliance is included.   Call 866-843-4545 for your PUC compliant drug testing program.  You can also order online: California PUC Compliant Drug & Alcohol Testing Program

The online package is designed for companies with under 8 drivers regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CA PUC). The package includes: Pre-employment Drug Test, Enrollment into Random Testing Consortium, Enrollment Certificate, MRO Certified Testing Results, Employee Education, List of Services Required by PUC, Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy. This package has great value at $140.00 per driver and annual renewal at only $95.00 per driver per year. The package includes the pre-employment test and all random testing fees. Supervisors must also have Supervisor Training which is an extra fee, call 866-843-4545 for Supervisor Training For companies with 8 or more drivers, call 866-843-4545 for discounts. All orders will be confirmed with a phone call.