If you are or employ a CDL driver who allows medical certification information that the state has on file to expire, it could cause the driver or carrier to receive a serious violation. The driver’s CDL could also be downgraded, meaning the driver would no longer hold a commercial driver’s license. This downgrade will happen within 60 days of the medical certification expiring. Drivers with a downgraded CDL could result in violations and fines for the carrier, whether the issue is discovered through an audit or at the roadside. Click here to read more.
As an employer or driver, you have a lot of responsibilities to make sure you or your drivers are safe and productive on the road. A duty of all commercial drivers is to abide by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) requirement to obtain a medical examiner’s certificate. Below is a list of questions and answers on what to do in order to make sure you or your drivers don’t get downgraded so you can stay on the road and productive!
What if the driver’s medical certificate expires before providing a new one?
If a driver’s medical certificate expires before providing a new one, the Department of Revenue will notify the driver that he/she is no longer medically certified to operate a CMV and remove the CDL privileges from the driver’s license.
What should a driver do if his/her medical certificate is about to expire?
If a driver’s medical certificate is about to expire, the driver must have a new medical examination and obtain a new medical certificate. This medical certificate should be provided to the Department of Revenue.
How can a driver get his/her CDL privileges back?
First, the driver must obtain a medical examiner’s certificate and provide to the Department of Revenue. If the variance waiver has expired, the driver must renew with FMCSA. Retesting may be required if the driver let the CDL license remained expired for more than six months.
How can you as an employer ensure that your drivers don’t get downgraded?
- Track your drivers’ medical expiration dates, as they appear on the driver’s motor vehicle report, or MVR – it is what the state has on file that matters!
- Get the driver in for his/her physical 30 days in advance of the expiration of the medical certification information on his/her MVR.
- Have the driver submit a copy of the new medical card to the state licensing agency the same day as the physical is passed.
- Run an MVR 12 or 13 days after the exam.