FMCSA: Use New Driver Medical Forms Starting April 20

April 14, 2016

By David Cullen

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding Medical Examiners (MEs) and commercial motor vehicle drivers that certified MEs performing physical exams of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876) as of April 20.  

A year ago, FMCSA published its Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule. The agency said the rule aims to facilitate the electronic transmission of MEC information from FMCSA’s National Registry to State driver’s licensing agencies and it requires the use of the revised MER and MEC forms.  

In December 2015, the agency announced a 120-day grace period – ending on April 2016-- during which MEs could use either the old “substantially in accordance with” versions or the newly revised versions of the MER Form and MEC Form.  

FMCSA noted that it provided the grace period to “ensure that MEs had sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.” 

For more information on the changeover in medical forms, contact the FMCSA Medical Programs Division by phone at (202) 366-4001 or by email to [email protected].

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