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Extension of CDL/medical-card rule: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the date until which interstate CDL holders must continue to carry their paper medical certificates. The deadline was extended from January 30, 2014, to January 30, 2015. The delay is meant to give states an extra year to place medical certification status on all CDL holders’ driving records, but does NOT extend the deadline for states to collect medical cards and self-certifications from their licensees. Motor carriers using interstate CDL drivers whose driving record already includes their medical certification status must use the driving record as proof of physical qualification and keep that driving record in the driver’s qualification file. If the driving record does not yet contain that information, then the carrier may retain a copy of the driver’s medical certificate instead. Once the state puts the medical information onto the driver’s driving record, that record must be used as proof of certification, instead of the certificate. Affected pages include 23 and 101-103.
The above change will be included in the next printing of the publication.