Since 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) made no changes to their Custody and Control Forms (CCF). Recently, however, the agency announced an update to their forms. Companies that use paper forms should especially take note of these changes.
The new form has two noteworthy changes. One of the updates on the new CCF is the addition of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) state and number. This resides in Step 1C., along with donor Social Security Number (SSN) and employee I.D.
For collectors, the inclusion of the CDL number and state of issuance here will greatly assist medical review officers. The main goal of this is to make it easier to report drug and alcohol violations in the Clearinghouse.
The agency also changed to accommodate the future use of oral fluid (saliva) specimens for DOT testing. The current drug testing program does not allow for oral fluid drug testing. Currently, all DOT drug tests are urine-based. Many, however, are expecting approval of oral fluid testing sometime next year.
Implementation of Updated Version
Beginning September 1, 2020, you may start using the revised CCFs. Next year, after August 30, 2021, the use of the revised CCF will be required. The agency recommends that laboratories do not mail the new CCFs to DOT-regulated clients until June 2021. This will give clients a chance to deplete their current CCF stock. Companies are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new CCFs before September 1, 2021.
If you are a DOT-regulated company not using paper CCFs, you may disregard this. Alliance 2020 recommends replacing paper CCFs with a 100% electronic process, especially for those who have not yet done so. A drug testing program that is fully electronic is significantly more streamlined and easier to manage. Call us today to learn more for more information on switching to a completely electronic process!
The DOT offers an in-depth guidance for the revised CCF.
To view and download the revised CCF, click here.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers additional guidelines and resources here.