FMCSA extends medical card deadline

  2014 US Trucking News – FMCSA Extends MedCard Deadline During an interview with the FMCSA on the Dave Nemo show, officials of the FMCSA have announced that their agency is delaying their Federal Medical card certification requirements until January 30, 2015. This means that drivers who are domiciled in states that do not use medical certificates and combined licenses will need to hold on to their copy of their medical exam for yet another year. This extension will be formally announced during the FMCSA’s Federal Register. The FMCSA has amended their regulations to be kept in effect until January 30 2015, the requirement that all interstate drivers subject to: 1.) Either the commercial truck driver’s license (CDL) or the commercial learner’s permit, 2.) The Federal physical qualification requirements under 49 CFR part 391, should keep paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Interstate motor carriers are also required to keep copies of their own medical examiner’s certificate in their driver’s qualification files. This action is also being taken to make sure that the medical qualifications of CDL and CLP holders are documented adequately until all driver licensing agencies in the State can post the drivers’ self-certification whether the standards of physical qualifications apply to them, and the medical examiner’s certificate information on the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) driver record. However, this rule does not extend the dates of compliance for the SDLA to collect and to post to the CDLIS driver record, which is the CDL holder’s self-certification regarding applicable standards and the certificate of the medical examiner.



About FMCSA The Federal Motor’s Carrier Safety Administration was established within the Department of Transportation, on January 1 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. This was formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration. The FMCSA’s main goal is to stop commercial motor-related vehicle fatalities and injuries. The administration’s activities contribute to ensuring safety when it comes to motor carrier operations through strongly enforcing safety regulations, targeting high-risk carriers as well as commercial motor vehicle drivers. They also improve safety information systems as well as commercial motor vehicle technologies by strengthening commercial motor vehicle and operating standards, and increasing safety awareness. And in order to accomplish these activities, the Administration works with the Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industries, as well as labor safety groups. The FMCSA is the agency that is tasked with enforcing the federal regulations that have set the minimum medical requirements for all CMV drivers that are involved in interstate commerce. This means they can transport passengers or property from one stage to another, or outside of the US. The regulations are also specified in the Code of Federal Regulations.


As a part of the process for qualifying for a commercial driver’s license, applicants need to show that he can meet each of the requirements when it comes to these regulations. Medical Examiner’s Certificate The first step in getting a medical certificate is by filling out a Medical Examination Report. This form can be found in the FMCSA’s official website. This report also requires disclosure of a complete health history, which includes significant injuries such as the loss of fingers, and hearing/visual impairment. After the form is completed, an appointment is then scheduled with a medical examiner, who can review all of the health history that is included in the report. If the report is satisfactory, then the driver can receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, indicating that he will meet the minimum medical requirements to obtain a CDL.




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