Federal / DOT Medical Card

The FMCSA officially published its highly anticipated final rule delaying "portions" of the regulation tying the Commercial driver's license (CDL) to the holder's medical qualifications.

Driver Recordkeeping

  • Non-excepted, interstate CDL holders must continue to carry a copy of the medical examiner's certificate while on duty until January 30, 2015.
  • Non-excepted, interstate Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) holders must continue to carry a copy of the medical examiner's certificate while on duty until July 8, 2015.
Motor Carrier Recordkeeping

Motor carrier recordkeeping would be based on whether or not the state licensing office has entered the medical information onto the driver's Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).

The employer must verify the medical certification status, and subsequently the CDL status, via the MVR if the report shows medical certification information. (The driver submitted it, and the state posted it.) This was the case under the previous verbiage as well

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Drivers and motor carriers will need to consult with their state licensing agencies to determine which deadlines apply.

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