Dear Transportation Company,
The Medical Examiner's Certification Integration final rule requires certified MEs to continue using the current driver examination forms found on the FMCSA website until December 22, 2015 and to use the newly revised driver examination forms discussed in the final rule beginning December 22, 2015. However, as a result of the unexpected delays in posting the final versions of the newly revised driver examination forms and recognizing that MEs need to have access to the forms prior to the effective date for a number of reasons, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice on December 21, 2015 allowing MEs to use both the current and newly revised versions of the MER Form, MCSA-5875 and MEC, Form MCSA-5876 from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016 (80 FR 79273).
The FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). This period is from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016. This action is being taken to ensure that Medical Examiners have sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.