Please note: all of our in-person trainings require a two-week advance notice to schedule.

All drivers must be pre-authorized in order to operate University vehicles. Before operating a vehicle on University business, you must first provide evidence of and certify and maintain the following:

  1. Be a current CU employee or affiliate (entered into HCM and have an employee ID - as an employee or a POI)
  2. Possess and maintain a valid and appropriate state drivers license (foreign licenses are not permitted for CMV and CDL vehicles).
  3. Have no more than two moving violations and/or accidents in the past year on your motor vehicle record (MVR).
  4. Have and maintain a good driving record. CU Transportation Services is authorized to review authorized drivers records annually or as needed for safety and compliance reasons.
  5. Complete the CU approved Defensive Driver Training Course (DDC). Online training is available. Log into SkillSoft and search "CU: Defensive Driving." Defensive Driver Training is valid for four years and must be repeated thereafter.
  6. Complete the CU: Motorized Off-road Vehicles (Golf Cart Safety training), if applicable. Online training is available. Log into SkillSoft and search "CU: Motorized Off-road Vehicles."
  7. Complete the CU: Safety Techniques for Driving a 15-Passenger Van, if applicable. Online training is available. Log into SkillSoft and search "CU: Safety Techniques for Driving a 15-Passenger Van." A hands-on training is also required following the successful completion of online training.
  8. Must be 18 or older. Drivers under 18 may not drive on university business.
  9. A Departmental Authorization Form for University Operators with driver's information must be submitted by the department and signed by the department head a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled driving event.
    1. Ask each driver to download and save their DDC certificate after taking the online course, as you will need a copy of one for each authorized driver.
    2. The employee ID for each driver is required when submitting the form (get this information from your HR manager or out of the HCM system).
    3. This form authorizes CU Transportation Services to obtain MVR record checks for the obligation of maintaining a safe driving record.

Information for Supervisors and Employees

As a supervisor you are responsible for providing a safe environment for all employees, ensuring the safe and compliant operation of the fleet vehicles and exploring any reasonable suspicion of unsafe activities.  Fulfilling these responsibilities means that you are required to take action when necessary.

Vehicle Idling Guidelines

Vehicle idling guidelines apply to all university owned or leased motor vehicles and equipment. They also extend to university contractors, subcontractors, and vendors doing business with the university. The idling of gasoline and diesel vehicles and equipment wastes fuel, contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and causes premature engine wear. It is every university employee's responsibility to minimize fleet operating costs while reducing harmful effects to the environment.


Drivers will need to do systematic pre and post-trip inspections on vehicles. 

Reasonable Suspicion - CDL only

You have the responsibility as a professional with regards to prescription medications, vitamins and herbal remedies. If supervisors have reasonable suspicion that an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are certain steps to take:

When a supervisor suspects that an employee is under the influence, they must have reasonable cause.

  1. Email the Transportation Services Department or call 303-492-7152 to sign-up for a FMCSR Reasonable Suspicion class.
  2. All supervisors who have direct report of regulated drivers must complete this class to evaluate or send a driver for testing.
  3. Supervisor must contact Transportation Services to obtain the proper form before driving their employee to the testing facility.
  4. To complete after hours testing, call 877-826-4628. (This is a mobile testing vendor.)

Post-Accident Testing

  • Testing paperwork must be picked up from Transportation Services. Call 303-492-7152 and the paperwork will be completed and ready for pick-up. During business hours, proceed to Concentra in Boulder for testing. They will provide proper paperwork. Ask for a FMCSR/Post Accident/Drug and Alcohol test.
  • All results must be emailed to the Transportation Services Department immediately.
  • If the alcohol BAT test results are at or above .020 the employee must not be allowed to operate a University owned vehicle until the results are reviewed by CU's Transportation Services Department. Contact Transportation Services for further guidance.
  • If the driver is not immediately issued a ticket, the driver must abstain from alcohol for eight (8) hours. In the event a ticket is issued afterward, the driver will have to immediately report for testing.
  • To complete after hours testing, call 877-826-4628. (This is a mobile testing vendor.)

Proper Procedure

  • Determine if the accident qualifies for the Post Accident testing process:
    • Was there a fatality? Yes, the test must be administered.
  • Was there a ticket issued and any of the following: If yes, the test must be administered.
    • The injuries sustained in the accident required the individuals to be transported for immediate medical care.
    • Any vehicle had to be towed from the immediate accident location due to the extent of the damage sustained in the accident.
  • Take the employee to Concentra Urgent Care, 3300 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Drivers who are required to comply with Part 382 may not refuse to take a DOT drug or alcohol test. Refusals are reported to the US Department of Transportation Clearinghouse by either the motor carrier or the medical review officer (MRO) and include all of the following:

  • Failing to appear or showing up late for the test (not including pre-employment tests).
  • Refusing to provide a breath or urine specimen.
  • Failing to stay at the testing site until the testing process is done (except in the case of a pre-employment test where the driver leaves the testing site before the testing process commences).
  • Failing to submit enough saliva or breath if a physician determines that there is no medical explanation for a driver's failure to provide enough breath or urine.
  • Failing to cooperate with any part of the testing process.
  • Failing to allow observation or monitoring of a urine collection, when required.
  • Failing or declining to take an additional drug test as directed by the employer or collector.
  • Admitting to adulterating or substituting the urine specimen.

A refusal to test carries the same consequences as a failed drug or alcohol test: removal from safety-sensitive functions and completion of the SAP evaluation and return-to-duty process and follow-up testing.  There may be disciplinary action up to and including termination.