FMCSA: New Medical Certification Requirements And Information

Effective January 30, 2012, and no later than January 30, 2014 state drivers licensing agencies will begin adding driver’s medical certification status and information, along with the information on your medical examiner’s certificate, to drivers’ CDL records.

Some states have been using this system for a few years, but others have yet to do so.  The FMCSA requires that all states now use a universal system.

What are drivers required to do?

1. Identify what type of commerce you operate in and register your designation with your state licensing agency.

Drivers will select from four types of commerce:

  • Interstate non-excepted: You are an Interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements (e.g. – you are “not excepted”).
  • Interstate excepted: You are an Interstate excepted driver and do not have to meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements.
  • Intrastate non-excepted: You are an Intrastate non-excepted driver and are required to meet the medical requirements for your State.
  • Intrastate excepted: You are an Intrastate excepted driver and do not have to meet the medical requirements for your State.

2. If you’re subject to DOT medical card requirements, you must prove a copy of each new medical card to our state licensing agency prior to the expiration of your current DOT medical card. 

Follow this link for State-by-State Instructions for Submitting Medical Certificate

For more detailed information read the following:

Starting January 30, 2012, and no later than January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to their SDLA regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL.

Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. CDL holders required to have a ”certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their medical examiner’s certificate with their SDLA will become ”not-certified” and they may lose their CDL.

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