When Is Medical Certification Required?
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When Is Medical Certification Required?

Medical certification in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) physical qualification standards is required when the driver is operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce that:
  • Has a combined gross vehicle weight or weight rating of 10,0001 lbs. or more.
  • Is designed or used to transport 9-15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) whether for compensation or not.
  • Transports hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding under the hazardous materials regulations.
When a driver returns from an illness or injury that interferes with driving ability, the driver must undergo a medical examination even if the medical examiner's certificate has not expired.
The medical examiner is responsible for certifying only drivers who meet the physical qualification standards. Certification cannot exceed 2 years, and at the discretion of the FMCSA medical examiner, may be less than 2 years. The Federal Vision and Diabetes Exemption Programs require annual medical certification.
The medical examiner's certificate expires at midnight of the day, month, and year written on the certificate. There is no grace period on the expiration. The driver must be re-examined and re certified to continue to drive legally.
 sources :
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Examiner Handbook

1 Comment to When Is Medical Certification Required?:

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Jacob Soloman on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:27 AM
Information mentioned here helpful to get medical certification positively!! The medical examiner's seeks for such info and they'll be delighted having useful info. Thanks
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