When Do I Perform Clearinghouse Queries?
If you are a trucking company, you have to have queries for all applicants and for all of your current drivers. You
will do when an applicant applies and whenever a limited query reveals a violation exists in the Clearinghouse
for a current driver. For a limited query, the driver must give the carrier a written release. In order to get a full
query, the driver must set up an account in the Clearinghouse and give electronic permission for the specific
company to conduct its inquiry. Drivers who don't give consent for a Clearinghouse query must be removed from
duty or not hired. For more information visit the FMCSA website here.
Also, later this year the FMCSA will allow trucking companies to set up Clearinghouse accounts with the FMCSA
Portal. Truckers without an account should make one as soon as possible. All they will need is their USDOT pin
number in order to sign up. Single owner-operator carriers have to use their drug/alcohol consortium in order
to set up their accounts.