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What Happens When a CDL Driver Tests Positive on a Drug Test?

Department of transportation compliance

If a CDL driver tests positive for drugs or alcohol, he or she must be removed from all safety sensitive functions. The employer must provide a list of Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) to the driver, whether or not the carrier retains the driver in their employment.

The driver cannot perform a safety sensitive function until the following steps are completed:

1. The driver must seek a face to face evaluation from a SAP.
2. The SAP will refer the driver to an appropriate treatment and education program.
3. The driver must complete the treatment and education, then return to the SAP for another face to face evaluation.
4. If the SAP is satisfied that the driver is able to return to driving, the SAP will issue a report to the Designated Employer Representative (DER).
5. The report from the SAP will list any continuing treatment or education required. It will also list the number of follow up drug and/or alcohol tests mandatory in a given time frame. The driver must have at least six unannounced follow-up tests in the first 12 months. Follow up testing may be required for up to five years.
6. The driver can now take a return to duty drug test. A negative result must be received before the driver can return to a safety sensitive function.

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