The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that with the help of the FMCSA’s state-based partners, they will begin conducting random verifications of driver medical cards during enforcement and compliance inspections of trucks and drivers.
The purpose is to verify that a driver’s medical examination was actually conducted and that the information on the certificate is accurate. The random verification is not for the purpose of evaluating the driver for "fitness to operate" a CMV.
When a driver is randomly selected, an officer will contact the certifying medical examiner listed on a driver’s card to verify the driver’s name, driver’s date of birth, the card’s date of issuance, and any restrictions indicated on the medical certificate.
The FMCSA says the goal is to “eliminate the use of fraudulent medical examiner's certificates and to keep medically unqualified drivers off our nation’s highways.”
By January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to their State Driver License Agency (SDLA) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. CDL drivers required to have a ”certified” medical status and fail to provide and keep their medical examiner’s certificate up-to-date with their SDLA will become ”not-certified” and they may lose their CDL.
Click here for more information about CDL Medical Certification requirements, FAQs, and specific State-by-State Instructions for Submitting Medical Certificates.