DOT Random Drug Testing

If your organization falls under DOT regulations, you’re required to randomly test your employees for drugs and alcohol. Not only does this keep you DOT compliant, but random testing also helps prevent your employees from misusing alcohol or doing drugs.

Random alcohol test must occur during or immediately after a driver has finished their safety-sensitive role (like driving the truck or flying the plane).

Random drug testing requires all individuals in the “pool” have an equal chance of being selected. Even if someone gets tested more often than others, in a truly random, scientifically-validated pool, being chosen is truly a matter of chance.

Test Smartly Labs is here to perform your DOT-mandated random drug testing. We offer various services to ensure your selection is guaranteed-random without any bias.

We’re also here to help manage the selection of random testing through consortium services and pools. Contact us for details!

How many people need tested in a random selection?

The percentage of employees needed for random testing varies depending on the agency. Here’s the latest information from the DOT:

DOT Agency 2017 Random Drug Testing Rate 2017 Random Alcohol Testing Rate
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[FMCSA]
25% 10%
Federal Aviation Administration
[FAA]
25% 10%
Federal Railroad Administration
[FRA]
25% – Covered Service 10% – Covered Service
Federal Railroad Administration
[FRA]
50% – Maintenance of Way * 25% – Maintenance of Way *
Federal Transit Administration
[FTA]
25% 10%
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
[PHMSA]
25% N/A
United States Coast Guard
[USCG]
(now with the Dept. of Homeland Security)
25% N/A