Effective November 18, 2024, commercial vehicle drivers in a “prohibited” status in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will lose their commercial driving privileges unless they complete the return-to-duty (RTD) process.
ACT NOW! Access to FMCSA Accounts Is Changing
The federal government is moving to multifactor identification for access to official accounts and databases. You probably already experience updated security when accessing your bank, mortgage or credit card accounts – the same thing is coming at the federal level.
The updated security will be through Login.gov and will replace the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Portal used to report drug and alcohol tests results and to review information in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse when hiring new truck drivers.
Important dates: the new government security system is effective beginning January 1, 2024. But FMCSA is requiring users of its Portal to convert to the new multifactor identification system by December 1, 2023. Moving forward, as of next year all access will be through Login.gov.
Directions on converting to the new access system are found on the FMCSA website.
Begin the process. There you will enter the email address you currently use to access the FMCSA Portal and then follow the step-by-step instructions to set up a Login.gov password and at least one more method of authentication, such as text messages, phone calls or backup codes. Login.gov encourages you to consider more secure authentication devices, such as security keys or facial and fingerprint recognition. Along the way, you will be asked to confirm the information you have entered. When completed, you will be returned to the Login.gov account page or to the FMCSA access page.
Please be sure your FMCSA Portal email address exactly matches your Login.gov email address. If not, log into the FMCSA Portal with your Portal username/password and update your email address to be the same as your Login.gov email address.
Updated security and multifactor identification are realities in many areas of our commercial and personal lives. And now the federal government is joining the ranks.
Comments can make a real difference in proposed regulations, especially when comments come packed with facts and data. But you are running a business. Who has time to follow federal rulemakings, read all those notices, and then write comments? You do... through your membership in ICSA.
FMCSA needs a well-run NCCDB to do its job just as much as trucking needs a functioning complaint mechanism to maintain integrity in transportation.