DOT Drug Test

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Garrick K.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I’m a new CDL permit holder student getting ready to start orientation in two weeks I have to go for my drug test this week Im very nervous because my medication is known to cause false positives results and I have never done any type of hard drugs in my life I don’t drink alcohol I don’t smoke cigarettes I don’t even smoke weed I’ve tried it in the past i don’t like it it gives me headaches and makes me paranoid but I know my system is drugs free and clean but I do have a form from my doctor stating that my medication may cause false positive results on drugs tests so I really need some advice from some experienced drivers that may be able to help take some weight off my shoulders will I get disqualified for a false positive result due to medication even though I have the doctors form stating what the medication may do to the test

Please help I would really appreciate it

Thank you 🙏


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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A question that comes to mind is would the medication give "false" positives or just plain Ole positive.

Meaning is it a medication that is allowed by federal law. There are plenty of meds that while even though legally prescribed, we can't be prescribed and be eligible to drive.

I'm assuming that because you already have your permit, you have a med card. But my first medication card was really easy to get and upon hiring, I had to get a new one from the company's partnered doctor, it was very thorough where the other wasn't.

I'm not making a judgement on you, rather just saying to make sure that your medication and or medical issues have been discussed with your prospective employer and you have acceptance from their safety department before you go though orientation

Errol V.'s Comment
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Garrick, you have the Dr's note. For the "belt and suspenders", bring the prescription bottle with you. Since you have all the backup you need, no worries, no shoulder weight.

BK's Comment
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What is the medication? Is it a secret?

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