New Medical Certification Requirements - A Guide for CDL Holders
In order to comply with new requirements established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will begin adding the medical certification (Med Cert) status and the information contained on the medical examiner's certificate (DOT card) to the driving records of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders on January 30, 2012. As a part of these new requirements, other changes regarding the monitoring of a CDL holder's Med Cert status will also be implemented.
What's not changing?
The driver physical qualification requirements are not changing. In Maryland, all CDL applicants will still be required to present valid Med Cert documentation (DOT card, Skills Performance Evaluation, Waiver Exemption, etc) when renewing or applying for a new, corrected or duplicate CDL.
Starting January 30, 2012, most CDL holders will be required to submit updated Med Cert documentation to the MVA for the duration of their license. In addition, all CDL holders will be required to "self-certify" regarding the type of commercial driving they will be doing (dependent on type of commerce and/or medical qualifications). All CDL holders will be required to complete this process by January 30, 2014.
What should I do now?
The MVA will be contacting CDL holders, subject to the new FMCSA requirements, starting January 30, 2012 through January 30, 2014. You DO NOT need to submit your medical certification information to the MVA until you have been directly contacted by the Administration. However, if you visit a MVA branch office to renew or obtain a duplicate, corrected, or new CDL, you will be required to present valid Med Cert documentation at that time.
More information on this process can be obtained by reading the MVA's medical certification FAQ's.
What are CDL holders going to be required to do?
- CDL applicants will be required to certify which of the four types of commercial driving (commerce) they will be performing. Please see this information sheet for more details on the types of self-certification.
- CDL holders operating in interstate commerce, and subject to medical eligibility requirements, will be required to provide a copy of each new Med Cert document to the MVA prior to the expiration of their current documentation. Drivers in other categories may also be required to provide this information to the MVA.
- All CDL holders will be required to provide the MVA with updated self certification status and Med Cert documentation, if required, by January 30, 2014. The MVA will begin contacting CDL holders for updated Med Cert documents beginning January 30, 2012. Failure to supply the required information or downgrade to a noncommercial license will result in cancellation of the CDL holders entire commercial and noncommercial driving privilege/license.
- CDL holders can conveniently submit their information through the mail, e-mail, or by faxing the necessary documentation. Specific details regarding this process will be included in the notices provided by the MVA. Please read the FAQ's for more information.
Please be sure your address on MVA's record remains current so you do not miss these important notices.
Note: If you change your address or name you are required to obtain a correct CDL within 30 days.
CDL holders who do not provide the required information or downgrade to a noncommercial license by January 30, 2014 will have their driving privilege/license cancelled.