CDL holders operating in certain types of commerce are now required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their State driver licensing agencies (SDLA) to obtain a certified medical status as part of their driving record.
Simply put, the SDLA will be adding your medical certification status and the information on your medical examiner’s certificate to the Commercial driver’s license system record. The new medical certification requirement actually began January 30th, 2012 and must be completed no later than January 30th, 2014.
Since most commercial drivers are considered as “non-excepted interstate commerce” drivers, the new requirement affects a large majority of the nation’s truck drivers.
To comply with the requirement, drivers must visit their local DMV office and provide them with their DOT medical card in order for the DMV to physically combine the medical card with their CDL license.
Drivers with access to a computer and scanner can meet the requirement by visiting their State’s medical certificate submission website. Drivers can scan their medical card and save it as a JPEG file. Once on the site, they must fill in their DL number, DOB and the last four digits of their social security and information as listed on the medical card.
Once information is filled completely, drivers can upload the JPEG file and will then be given a confirmation with the transaction number, status and submission date. Drivers should print this page for future reference.
Drivers should then return to the site several days later to see if their transaction has been approved or denied.
Florida truck drivers who must comply with the requirement can file online at the Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles website.
Professional drivers can locate their State’s medical certificate submission website by performing a search for: CDL Self and Medical Certification, followed by the name of the
State, as in the example of: CDL Self and Medical Certification Michigan.
Not all State’s allow for online self certification, but instructions on how to comply will be clearly described on the site as shown in this example for the State of Iowa.
The FMCSA urges drivers to complete the certification process as soon as possible.
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