FMCSA Compliance For Small Trucking Companies

For safety and compliance, operators of trucks in the United States have a responsibility to comply with DOT and FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing. For small trucking companies and bus companies looking for an all-in-one solution, National Drug Screening offers a turnkey program for fast and easy compliance.

What are the Requirements for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing?

DOT FMCSA compliance for drug and alcohol testing is comprised of certain requirements, including:

  • Written Policy
  • Supervisor Training and employee education
  • Pre-employment drug testing
  • Random drug & alcohol testing random pool or consortium
  • Post accident, reasonable suspicion, follow-up and return to duty testing
  • Substance Abuse Professional

National Drug Screening offers all of above for one low price. We are an industry leader in DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing. Our clients not only appreciate our great customer service, but we also have some of the lowest priced programs in the nation. Our programs include assistance at no extra charge when you have your new entrant examination or safety audit. Purchase your DOT compliant drug and alcohol package for owner operators today.

Small Trucking and Bus Drug Test
eCCF Paperless Drug Testing

How Do You Know If You’re Required To Follow FMCSA Regulations?

According to FMCSA, anyone operating a vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is subject to the drug testing regulations set forth by the FMCSA. This includes all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds. It also includes any vehicle that is placarded for the transport of hazardous materials as well as any vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers.

Some state laws also require a CDL for the legal operation of other types of vehicles, such as limousines, taxis and buses designed to carry less than 16 passengers. These drivers are not subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Any employee who operates or is expected to operate, even occasionally, a vehicle that requires a CDL is defined as a driver for purposes of DOT drug and alcohol testing. This includes dispatchers, supervisors, mechanics, fill-in drivers, and anyone else who operates a CMV meeting the criteria despite his or her job title.

FMCSA DOT testing programs must include drivers from staffing services or owner-operators who drive vehicles under the carrier’s U.S. DOT number. Even if the carrier does not sign their paychecks, it is still responsible for their safety compliance.

What Happens if I Have Questions?

At National Drug Screening our services include free ongoing consultation for the small trucking companies and bus companies. Our drug screening compliance experts become your consultant for the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing requirements.

Common Mistakes Made With FMCSA Compliance

When it comes to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing compliance, we see many types of mistakes made by small trucking and bus companies. Some of the most common issues are:

  1. Using a local medical clinic for your drug testing. These facilities know how to collect your drug test specimens but do not know anything about compliance and your responsibilities with the regulations.
  2. Random testing not conducted or not conducted properly. The smaller companies need to be in a random testing consortium in order to insure compliance with the random testing. Make sure the company selecting your random testing knows the regulations, many don’t.
  3. No drug testing program. Often small trucking companies and bus companies have no drug testing program at all resulting in fines and potential revocation of your operating authority.
  4. Pre-employment tests not conducted – this is a violation that occurs over and over. At National Drug Screening we can provide immediate service to get your pre-employment testing done fast and east at the most competitive price in the nation.
  5. Using a driver who tested positive for drugs on a DOT-required test. This is a common serious violation and will cause fines and potential revocation of your operating authority. After a positive test result or refusal to test, the employee or applicant must be removed from the safety sensitive position and be referred to a Substance Abuse Professional.

Why Choose National Drug Screening?

At National Drug Screening, we provide DOT FMCSA compliant services for small trucking and bus companies throughout the U.S. Our process is fast, easy and is very affordable. Our programs include the following:

  • Step by step instructions and all required documents – all in one great compliance manual.
  • As required – A policy statement on controlled substances use and alcohol misuse in the workplace – your customized DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy
  • As required – educational materials to be distributed to all covered employees
  • As required – supervisor training materials and access to live or on line additional supervisor training
  • As required – employee assistance programs, rehabilitation, and treatment programs information.
  • As required – access to Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for DOT violations
  • As required – copies of DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40 and FMCSA regulation 49 CFR Part 382
  • As required – A controlled substances and alcohol testing program for persons, used in duties requiring the driving of CMV’s.
  • Random testing instructions required random testing.
  • All required forms for compliance.
  • Instructions for required record keeping.

If you get a notice from DOT or FMCSA regarding an audit of your drug and alcohol testing program, call National Drug Screening immediately.


Penalties are assessed administratively by the FMCSA for violations of parts 382 and 40 and administrative orders may be issued to bring about satisfactory compliance. Criminal penalties are also authorized to be sought in U.S. District Court under certain circumstances.

Call today for expert service for compliance at the most competitive prices in the nation. National Drug Screening is a one stop show to help you with this process and we make it simple, easy and turnkey.