Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have a question not answered here, please contact us via E-mail or call us toll free at 877-247-3974.
What is the difference between a DOT random testing pool and a NON-DOT random testing pool?
For motor carriers, a DOT random testing pool can only include drivers who drive in the United States who are governed by the regulations in 49CFR382 and 40. A NON-DOT random testing pool consists of any person that is not mandated under DOT regulations, but is required by Company Policy to be part of a random drug and alcohol program.
What are the DOT random testing rates for FMCSA?
The minimum annual testing rate for drugs is 50% of the average number of driving positions and the minimum annual testing rate for alcohol is 10% of the average number of driving positions.
How is the random program random?
The names of all the eligible drivers in each company are put in our computerized random generator. No one has control over which drivers are chosen.
What is a Consortium for the purpose of random testing?
A Consortium is a group of companies or individual drivers pooled together to meet the required drug and alcohol random testing rates.
My driver has been chosen several times in a row for random testing, do I have to test him/her again?
Yes. The names of those tested in random previous selections must be returned to the pool for each new selection. Each driver must be subject to equal chance of being selected during each selection process.
How do I add a driver to the Star Drug Testing's random pool?
A driver is added to Star Drug Testing's random pool in two ways:
1. Every driver who does a pre-employment drug test is automatically added into the random pool until the company's Designated Employer Representative (DER) contact notifies us otherwise. Please also complete an Addition Form to confirm. 2. You may complete an Addition Form. If you don't have an Addition form, please call us at 1-877-247-3974, or contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. When faxing us the Addition form, include the pre-employment exemption form. If the driver is exempt, Star Drug Testing will notify you that he/she is exempt. If the driver is not exempt, Star Drug Testing will notify you that a pre-employment test is required. If the pre-employment exemption form is not sent and the driver has not had a pre-employment drug test done through Star Drug Testing, Star Drug Testing will notify you that a pre-employment drug test is required.
How do I delete a driver from Star Drug Testing's random pool?
An employee or driver is deleted from Star Drug Testing's random pool in two ways:
1. You may complete and send us the Deletion Form provided by Star Drug Testing.
2. You may contact Star Drug Testing at 1-877-247-3974, or contact us via email:
Note: We can not accept a deletion over the phone.
How do I qualify a driver for the drug & alcohol program?
To qualify a driver for the drug & alcohol program, complete the following:
1. Send the driver for a pre-employment drug test unless he/she is exempt.
2. Add the driver to Star Drug Testing's random testing pool. [See: How do I add a driver to Star Drug Testing's random pool?]
3. Complete a previous employer 2 year background check. Compiling this information is mandatory by DOT regulations.
Can someone test positive on a drug test if they were exposed to marijuana smoke without smoking themselves (ie: second hand smoke)?
The possibility of it happening is very remote due to the cut-off levels used by the laboratory.
How long does it take to clean drugs out of my system?
THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES - the detecton periods quoted here may vary according to the individual's health, size and weight, metabolic rate, history of use (acute versus chronic), dose used, and the cut-off levels used by the laboratory.
- Marijuana: 1-5 days after the last time used, up to 30 days for chronic users
- Cocaine: 12-96 hours after last time used
- Amphetamines: 12-96 hours after last time used
- PCP: 1-7 days after last time used
- Opiates: (Codeine, Morphine): 12-96 hours after last time used
What do I do if my driver tests positive on, or refuses, a DOT random test?
1. The driver must see a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). The SAP will determine if the driver needs treatment. If the SAP recommends treatment, the driver must complete the required treatment before driving into the U.S. again. 2. The driver must complete a DOT return-to-duty test that is verified negative before he/she drives into the U.S. again. 3. The driver must complete any follow-up testing that the SAP recommends (if any). Note: Star Drug Testing will remind you in advance of any follow-up tests that are scheduled for your drives (provided that Star Drug Testing is supplied with these dates).
What happens if I hire a driver who's tested positive in the last 2 years?
First, check to see what action has been taken by the previous employers since the positive test. It is now your responsibility to ensure that the necessary steps are completed. [See the question: What do I do if my driver tests positive on, or refuses, a DOT random test? for an outline of the necessary steps when a driver tests positive on, or refuses, a random test.]
How do I book an appointment for a drug or alcohol test?
To book drug and alcohol tests, you may call our main office anytime between Monday and Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm PST.
When is a Post-Accident test required and how do I book the test?
This is a very time-sensitive issue. Please call immediately if you need guidance. Refer to 49CFR382.303.
When can a 'reasonable suspicion' test be done according to DOT regulations?
Refer to 49CFR382.307 and 49CFR382.603. When a trained drug & alcohol supervisor observes a driver, and fully documents suspicious behavior occurring immediately before, during, or immediately after the driver performs safety-sensitive duties, he/she may then proceed with the appropriate drug or alcohol test.
How long will it take for drug test results to come back for my driver?
A verified negative drug test should be reported the next day by mid-afternoon (as long as the collection is done at a high-speed site before the courier picks up the samples at the site, the test is negative with no complications, and your company has a confidential method of receiving results). A verified positive drug test is usually reported within 48-72 hours after collection depending on the drug that is detected.
What do I do if I am asked to submit an MIS report?
Call Star Drug Testing. We will assist you in completing the appropriate forms by the deadline. There is no extra charge for this service - it is included in your consortia fees.
What do I do if I am being audited by the DOT?
Call Star Drug Testing. We can help you get ready for the audit, and provide you with copies of documents required by the DOT if any are missing from your files. This service is included in your consortia fees - there is no extra charge for it.