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  • Writer's pictureNate Gilman

How to schedule a USCG drug test

Updated: Mar 15

To receive a USCG license you will need to pass a DOT 5-panel Test and have it signed by a Certified Medical Review Officer.

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What is step one?

Step 1 is to find a facility near you that will take the sample and send it to a testing facility. Below is one website that can help. I'm sure others exist also.

Step 2: Which test do I need?

Only a DOT 5 Panel (SAMHSA 5 Panel, formerly NIDA 5), testing for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and amphetamines will be accepted.

If this sounds confusing, that's okay. Contact (via phone, or email, or website, etc.) the collection facility you found in step 1 and ask if they do DOT 5 Panel tests. DOT stands for Department of Transportation.

Step 3: Go give the sample

The facility that collects the sample is rarely the same location as the test processing facility. The sample will likely be set to a testing facility somewhere else. This is normal.

Step 4: Make sure your results have the right information

Check for these things on the test results:

  • Your Name

  • Your Social Security Number

  • The test results (e.g. Negative)

  • The Medical Review Officer (MRO) signed the results

Where can I find more information?

The MM-SEAS Blog has created posts describing the process for acceptable drug test paperwork. Here are a couple of them to help answer more questions.

We hope this made your life a little easier,

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