Compliance For Owner Operators

Last updated on February 19th, 2021 at 04:08 pm

Owner operators are required to be DOT compliant.  The drug and alcohol testing program is always first on an audit list. Owner operators can easily get compliant with the FMCSA drug & alcohol testing requirements.  An affordable turnkey program is available.

Yes an owner operator needs a drug testing program.  It is checked when you have your new entrant exam.  Avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with drug testing, take advantage of an affordable turnkey program for drug and alcohol testing and a consortium random testing program.  

How do you know if you are required to have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) DOT drug testing programs?

An employer with employees who fit into the below categories will be required to have a DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program:

The owner or the employers hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), or similar license issued by Mexico or Canada, and operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) in any state.

A CMV is defined as a vehicle:

• with a gross vehicle weight rating/gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight rating/gross combination
• weight of 26,001 or more lbs, or
• designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or
• of any size that is used to transport hazardous materials which require the vehicle to be placarded

Those owner operators and companies that fit this criteria must implement a DOT drug and alcohol testing program including a random testing program with either a stand-alone or consortium random testing program. Setting up a program for your business to be in compliance with this DOT regulation may not be as difficult or expensive as you may think.

National Drug Screening offers DOT drug and alcohol testing programs for large, medium, small and owner operator companies. These programs include stand-alone random testing programs and consortium random testing programs. It is easy for trucking companies and bus companies to be in compliance with DOT and FMCSA regulations.

Learn more on our main DOT Compliance page:

Or, call us. We’d be happy to answer your questions directly at: 866-843-4545

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