Consortium & Random Pool Management

Your Partner in Stress-Free Drug & Alcohol Testing and compliance

DOTDOC helps owner-operators and small company owners in maintaining compliance with DOT drug and alcohol random testing requirements.

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DOTDOC helps you stays compliant.

As a TPA with the Department of Transportation (DOT), DOTDOC makes sure your company follows the rules and stays compliant.

What Is A Drug & Alcohol Testing Consortium?

A DOT consortium is a pool of transportation industry employees who join together, as a single entity, for the purpose of meeting DOT/FMCSA drug and alcohol random testing rules and regulations.

Members may include smaller employers, owner-operators, or companies with a limited number of covered employees.

Who Needs To Be In a Consortium?

CMV Operators

Any person operating a CMV requiring a CDL in intrastate or interstate commerce is required to participate in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program.

Motor Carriers

Motor carriers may self-administer their drug and alcohol programs or contract the management out.


Owner-operators cannot self-administer their programs and must enroll in a Consortium. For more information, check out the FMCSA’s ​​guidance on drug and alcohol testing requirements for owner-operators.

Random Consortium Membership Annual Fee

  • $100

    1-50 participants

  • $200

    51-100 participants

  • $250

    101-200 participants

You pay for each drug/alcohol test you are selected for during a given quarter.
  • $55

    Standard DOT urine test

  • $40

    Breath alcohol: Screening test

  • $65

    Breath alcohol: Confirmation testing

If elected during registration, you will be charged $5 per query/report to the FMCSA Clearinghouse

After the initial registration, you will be notified at least 45 days in advance of your membership expiration and e-mailed instructions on how to pay your renewal fee.

What Is Included In Consortium Membership?

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Certified drug and alcohol collectors

National network of collection sites

Employee roster management

Valid random selection process

Testing performed by a SAMHSA-certified lab

Result validation by a Medical Review Officer (MRO)

Certificate of enrollment for DOT clients

Clearinghouse queries (if you opt in)

Join the Consortium in four steps

Submit your interest

Submit your interest in joining the consortium through our contact form. We will reach out to request additional details.

Participation agreement

We will then send you a participation agreement and instructions on designating DOTDOC as your C/TPA in the Clearinghouse.

Membership invoicing

Once the participation agreement is signed & returned and an active employee roster is provided, you will be invoiced for membership dues.

Certificate of enrollment

After dues have been paid, you will receive your certificate of enrollment confirming your membership.

Owner-Operator DOT Compliance Checklist

Ensuring the safety and legality of your trucking business involves consideration across various categories. While this checklist is not exhaustive, it serves as a starting point. Owner-operators running under their own authority must:

The ELD rule

The ELD rule aims to improve safety on the roads, prevent driver fatigue, and ensure accurate tracking of driving hours.

The DVIR process

The DVIR process is a crucial element in maintaining the safety and compliance of commercial vehicles. It ensures that defects are identified and addressed promptly, reducing the risk of accidents and breakdowns on the road.

Motor carriers engaging in interstate commerce are required to:

Establish a formal business structure
Obtain an Operating Authority (MC Number)
Obtain a USDOT number
Comply with state and federal filings
Maintain specific levels of insurance coverage
Complete a biennial update of their registration information with the FMCSA
Comply with IFTA and IRP

FAQ / Things to Know

Should I Join a General Pool Or a Standalone Consortium?
  • A general pool drug testing consortium is made up of drivers from multiple companies. This is a good option for owner-operators or small companies with less than 20 covered employees.

  • A standalone program is exclusive to one employer. This is a good option for larger companies with more than 25 covered employees.
  • For 2024 rates, look here.

  • Remember, all companies in the consortium are in 100% compliance if the Consortium meets the annual random testing rates.
  • When you are notified, you must proceed immediately to the collection site. Immediately means that after notification, all your actions must lead to an immediate specimen collection.

  • Ask your random program manager or employer for the drug and alcohol policy. It should spell out exactly what the employee must do before resuming safety-sensitive functions. This ensures a clear understanding regarding expectations and minimizes any potential misunderstandings.
  • A DOT consortium and a TPA are both entities that play roles in managing drug and alcohol testing programs. While they share similarities, there are distinct differences between the two:

    • A DOT consortium primarily focuses on managing the random testing pool and ensuring compliance for a group of members subject to DOT regulations.

    • A TPA, on the other hand, offers a broader range of services, potentially including the management of all aspects of an employer’s drug and alcohol testing program, not just random testing.

    • In some cases, a TPA may also function as a DOT Consortium or work with a consortium to provide comprehensive services to its members.

Additional Services

DOT Physicals

We carry out comprehensive health exams to ensure that drivers meet the necessary medical standards required for safety and compliance.

DOT Breath Alcohol Testing

Our team provides professional alcohol testing for individuals and businesses, ensuring safety and adherence to relevant policies or regulations.

DOT Drug Testing

Our testing procedures comply with federal regulations, ensuring accuracy and reliability for all Department of Transportation-mandated drug screenings.