DOT Issues New Certification Requirement for CDL Holders

A new DOT regulation requires both intrastate and interstate commercial drivers to self certify to their state driver’s license authority by Jan. 30, 2014, the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. In addition, drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their state driver’s license authority 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 update their medical examiner’s certificate with their state driver’s license authority (SDLA) will become ”not-certified” and may lose their CDL.

Once CDL holders provide their medical examiner’s certificate to the SDLA and their employer, it will be recorded as an electronic version on their driving record and will become the valid version of their medical certificate.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided a list of frequently asked questions to assist drivers, and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators has more information on each state's requirements

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