DOT Oral Fluid

DOT oral fluid drug testing has been approved effective 06/01/2023. It’s important to note that as of this date, May 16, 2023; the DOT oral fluid drug testing is not yet operational as no laboratories are currently certified for oral fluid drug testing. More to come on this as the regulations require that for DOT oral fluid drug testing to begin; two or more labs must be certified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The HHS certification of two or more labs is not expected before the 4th quarter of 2023.

DOT oral fluid drug testing will mirror urine specimen testing and will include the DOT 5 Panel Drug Test. The biggest benefit of oral fluid drug testing is that each and every collection is directly observed therefore there are no issues with same gender collections or bathroom requirements. Oral fluid drug testing will help to lessen the possibility of cheating on the drug test.

A woman's mouth being swabbed

Another benefit of oral fluid drug testing is the shorter window of detection of the drugs. This is beneficial for reasonable suspicion drug testing and post-accident drug testing, where recent drug use is what is being looked for.

Below are links to pages we have developed to help employers and industry players understand the new DOT oral fluid drug testing program.

Check also our FAQ’s on our FAQ page under category –DOT Drug Testing Compliance