The DOT uses urine collection and testing exclusively for drug testing. Alcohol may be tested for using breath and saliva. All three testing methods used by the DOT are non-intrusive.
What does a DOT drug test look for?
DOT requires their truck drivers to undergo a drug test prior to employment. DOT also requires this test at least once randomly per year, after most accidents, and if reasonable suspicion exists that a driver is abusing drugs. The DOT 5 panel drug test checks for THC, Opiates, PCP, Cocaine, and Amphetamines.
What drugs show up on a DOT drug test?
You will be tested for the following drugs:
- Opioids (Codeine, morphine, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, oxymorphone)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
What happens if I fail a DOT drug test?
What happens if I fail my DOT drug test? If you fail your DOT regulated drug test, DOT regulations require your employer to immediately remove you from performing any DOT safety-sensitive job. There may be other consequences, too, like losing your certification or license.
How far back does a dot urine drug test go?
The amount of follow-up testing you receive is determined by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and may continue for up to 5 years. This means the SAP will determine how many times you will be tested (at least 6 times in the first year), for how long, and for what substance (i.e. drugs, alcohol, or both).
What drugs are prohibited by DOT?
There are certain drugs (both legal and illegal) that drivers are prohibited from taking.
The DOT Drug Testing Panel
- Amphetamines (Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDMA, MDA)
- Opioids (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
What are the cutoff levels for a DOT drug test?
Subpart F – Drug Testing Laboratories
|Initial test analyte||Initial test cutoff1||Confirmatory test cutoff concentration|
|6-Acetylmorphine||10 ng/mL||10 ng/mL.|
|Phencyclidine||25 ng/mL||25 ng/mL.|
|Amphetamine/ Methamphetamine||500 ng/mL||250 ng/mL. 250 ng/mL.|
|MDMA4/MDA5||500 ng/mL||250 ng/mL. 250 ng/mL.|
Can I retake a DOT drug test?
You may request a retest within 72 hours of receiving a positive test result after consulting with your MRO. You see, DOT drug and alcohol testing rely heavily on urine samples. The tests performed are carried on split samples.
Do failed drug tests go on record?
In many cases where the drug is illegal, or there is no medical reason for using it, employment may be terminated. In addition, failing a DOT drug and alcohol test remains on your record for three years.
Can you still be hired after failing a drug test?
Failing a drug test in California means that an employer can legally deny you employment, or terminate your employment depending on the conditions of your hiring. Once you have been hired, the employer may choose to continue your employment but decline to promote you until you pass the next series of drug tests.
How far back does a 10 panel urine test go?
Benzodiazepines – short-acting; 2 days, intermediate-acting; 5 days, long-acting; 10 days. Cocaine (benzoylecgonine metabolite) – 4 days. Marijuana (THC) – Depends on usage. A single use can be detected for up to 7 days, while an everyday user can test positive between 10-30 days.