The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an amend to its regulations to require interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders subject to the physical qualification requirements of the agency’s regulations to provide a current original or copy of their medical examiner’s certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA). The new regulations also require the SDLA to record on the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) driver record the self certification the driver made regarding the applicability of the Federal driver qualification rules. The rule is effective January 30, 2009.
The goal of the new regulations is to help to prevent medically unqualified drivers from operating covered vehicles on our highways by giving the states the means of identifying CDL holders who are unable to obtain a medical certificate and to deter the use of false certificates.
Here is a copy of the new regulations.