Medical Certification FAQ: Part One ofThree Parts:
My CDL expires soon. What will I needto renew my license?
Federal MotorCarrier Safety Regulations now require all drivers obtaining an original CDL,or renewing their CDL, to certify with the driver license office in one of fourcategories. Drivers certifying in non-excepted interstate or non-exceptedintrastate commerce must also provide valid medical documentation.Certification categories are listed above.
My CDL is valid until 2015 and I havea current medical card. With the new requirements, is there anything else Ihave to do?
All CDLholders will be required to self-certify prior to January 31, 2014. You will benotified of the new requirements and provided with instructions. Thenotification process will be phased in over several months, starting in July2012, to allow drivers time to comply by the January 2014, deadlineam not currently using my CDL and donot have a current medical card.
I want to keep my commercial licensein case I hire on with a company that may require me to have one. What do Ineed to do?
CDL holderscan no longer claim exemption from medical certification requirements becausethey are not currently operating in non-excepted interstate or intrastatecommerce. If not specifically included in category B or D, you must maintain yourmedical certification or downgrade to a non-commercial license. If youdowngrade to a non-commercial license and later need to upgrade back to acommercial license, you may do so without additional testing.