Probably Failed DOT Drug Screen In Sept. 2015

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PvtJoker's Comment
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There are no excuses and I don't care what people who have never smoked cannabis think about the drug. I'm looking for cold hard facts.

I smoked a little but over the summer of 2015, then quit for a full 2 months. When I applied to a trucking company, they sent me out for a DOT physical and drug screen. When it was all over, I had (still have) a 2-year medical card but never received a call back from the company. While I'm not exactly sure if my UA tested positive for THC, I feel that is the reason the company never called me back.

My question is - Is there some time frame that one must wait before they can qualify for a second attempt at DOT screening?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Did you call your recruiter to ask what was going on?

If the recruiter says THC, you knew that. But maybe you fell through the cracks, or they are looking to schedule you.

PvtJoker's Comment
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I did call the recruiter about a week after the screening, but they said something to the effect that it was being held up in another department. I never called back after that, feeling embarrassed if THC was found.

I've read these forums since last Summer, so I know how people can sometimes get flamed for even mentioning cannabis. I want to make it clear: when I have a job that I want to keep, I never smoke bud.

What about FMCSA records? If I popped positive for THC, will they keep a record of it? If so, is there some way I can get that record?

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes, it's in your record.

Like I said, if you drug test is positive, bad news but you almost expected that. Call 'em. It could be something else.

I've said this before, the worst would be they say "No."

PvtJoker's Comment
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Is there a time frame for when/if I can retest?

PvtJoker's Comment
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BTW, thank you, Errol for the info. Very much appreciated!

Rick S.'s Comment
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Go to HireRight and pull a DAC Report.

Failed drug screen should show on there.

BUT - your recruiter should have told you if a failed screen was the reason for your refusal to be hired.

Rick

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

PvtJoker's Comment
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I didn't know that a DAC was covered under the FCRA. Just filled out the request with HireRight. Thanks for the tip, Rick!

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

PvtJoker's Comment
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I really do appreciate the comments, everyone!

40 Ton Land Captain's Comment
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There are no excuses and I don't care what people who have never smoked cannabis think about the drug. I'm looking for cold hard facts.

I smoked a little but over the summer of 2015, then quit for a full 2 months. When I applied to a trucking company, they sent me out for a DOT physical and drug screen. When it was all over, I had (still have) a 2-year medical card but never received a call back from the company. While I'm not exactly sure if my UA tested positive for THC, I feel that is the reason the company never called me back.

My question is - Is there some time frame that one must wait before they can qualify for a second attempt at DOT screening?

Call the company and ask directly what happened. They either didn't hire you for a failed drug screen or another reason came-up. Either way, you need to know what happened and if it will impact your possible career in trucking. Please update us when you have found out!

Good luck!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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