Legislative Update: DOT Random Controlled Substances Regulations Changes

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced changes to its mandatory random substance abuse testing regulation. Effective as of January 1, 2016, the DOT agencies will follow the testing rates shown below:

2016 Random
Drug Testing Rate
2016 Random
Alcohol Testing Rate
1.) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 25% 10%
2.) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 25% 10%
3.) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 25% 10%
4.) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 25% 10%
5.) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 25% N/A
6.) United States Coast Guard (USCG) 25% N/A

DOT Source:
FMCSA Source:

If you have specific questions related to your industry and/or specific business, please contact Validity Screening Solution’s Drug & Alcohol Testing Department at (913) 322-5900 or the U.S. Department of Transportation at the following:

Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States
Phone: (202) 366-3784
Alt: (800) 225-3784
Fax: (202) 366-3897

*To ensure compliance with laws in your area, please seek legal counsel to assist in reviewing and/or amending your current policies and procedures.