The federal government is moving to multifactor identification to access official accounts and databases. You probably already experience updated security when accessing your bank, mortgage, or credit card accounts. The same thing is coming at the federal level.

The updated security will include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Portal you use to report drug and alcohol test results and to review information in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse when hiring new truck drivers.

The new government security system becomes effective beginning Jan. 1, 2024. But FMCSA is requiring users of its portal to convert to the new multifactor identification system by Dec. 1, 2023. Moving forward, as of next year, all access will be through You can find directions on converting to the new access system on the FMCSA website.

In brief, you must go to this website to begin the process. There, you will enter the email address you currently use to access the FMCSA Portal and then follow the step-by-step instructions to set up a password and at least one more method of authentication, such as text messages, phone calls, or backup codes. encourages you to consider more secure authentication devices, such as security keys or facial and fingerprint recognition. Along the way, you will be asked to confirm the information you have entered. When completed, you will be returned to the account page or to the FMCSA access page.

Be sure your FMCSA Portal email address exactly matches your email address. If not, log into the FMCSA Portal with your portal username and password to update your email address to be the same as your email address.

Updated security and multifactor identification are realities in many areas of our commercial and personal lives. And now the federal government is joining the ranks.

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