For employees applying for safety-sensitive positions, DOT regulations require employers to obtain drug and alcohol test history information from previous employers. DOT previous employer checks provide a record for employers to consider, as well as maintain compliance standards and regulations for safety-sensitive positions.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Does it Work?
When an employee applies, they are asked to sign a written consent for the release of their drug and alcohol test records from each employer within the last three years.
What Will be Requested?
When requesting a previous employer check, employers must request the following information:
This check is required for each DOT regulated employee and must be conducted within 30 days of hire. It must be conducted for each employer the applicant held a DOT regulated position in the last three years. This information is obtained by contacting each previous employer. A release is required before this type of investigation is processed.
Information provided through this search includes:
Previous employers have 30 days to provide the requested information to the prospective employer after receiving the employee’s written consent. They must also maintain a written record (fax, email, letter) of the information released with the date, the party to whom it was released, and the information that was provided.
Employers who are requesting information from past employers must also maintain a written record of the information obtained, or of the good faith efforts made to gather the information for three years following the employee’s first day of safety-sensitive duties performed.