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Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

January 09, 2014

By Oliver Patton

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UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The agency plans to publish a notice of the requirement very soon, a spokesman said. A summary can be viewed on the FMCSA website, while the full, but yet-to-published official notice is also available from the agency.

In a program the agency has been working on for several years, some states have installed an automated “medcert” tracking system that gives enforcement officials electronic access to those records.

Other states have not completed their work, however, so the agency is extending the paper requirement until Jan. 30, 2015.

In states where the program is working, drivers submit their certificates to state licensing bureaus and the bureaus add the medical data to Commercial Driver Licensing Information System database, which roadside enforcement officials can access.

This is the second time the agency has had to extend the paper requirement.

Update adds links in story.


  1. 1. Paul Darwin [ January 10, 2014 @ 04:48AM ]

    Our federal government bureacracies doing what they continually do best: fail at completing their work assignments. The answer; just let everyone else adjust at their own inconvienence until they get around to it. In the business world they would be fired and replaced so quick it would make their nose bleed.

  2. 2. Angela [ January 10, 2014 @ 07:48AM ]

    So how does this affect the drivers who have not yet submitted their medical card expiration date? The drivers are told they will loose your commercial driving privileges, but there is no repercussion on the states to have their part done? It is just like our government to change the rules before we even get adjusted to the old ones.

  3. 3. Tony [ January 10, 2014 @ 08:42AM ]

    That's our civil service government workers at their best! Always dragging their behind and too busy hanging around the breakroom!! Don't worry I'll get to it, when I get to it...that's their attitude!!

  4. 4. Bobby [ January 11, 2014 @ 09:10AM ]

    The states have no consequences when they dont comply with the rules but we face big fines when we dont. Go figure!!!!

  5. 5. Deanne [ January 22, 2014 @ 04:55PM ]

    Actually, the states we're "suppose" to lose a percentage of federal funding for not complying on time. It's all a bunch of BS anyway. A physical to drive a vehicle....bull crap.


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