Drivers must continue to carry paper copy of medical certificates until Jan. 2015

By Kevin Jones and James Jaillet on

Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical certification, as is rule now, until Jan. 30, 2015, federal sources are reporting this morning. The rule requires drivers to self-report their operating status and provide their CDL-issuing state with a valid medical certificate by Jan. 30, 2014, and it’s not clear yet whether that deadline has been extended, too.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could officially announce the delay in the Federal Register within the next week.

All drivers have until Jan. 30, 2014, to report to their state their operating statues — interstate or intrastate, basically — and furnish a valid medical examiner’s certificate.

A lack of readiness by some states, however, led to the delay in the date to which drivers must carry paper copies.

Drivers since Jan. 30, 2012, were required to report their operating status and provide medical certificates when renewing their CDL, as part of the FMCSA rule to combine CDL and medical certificates, so that drivers would only need to carry that single card.

Drivers who do not self-report are subject to losing their CDL privileges.

Note: This story originally said the deadline for drivers to self-report has been delayed until Jan. 30, 2015. That, however, appears to not be the case. More information will be posted when it becomes available. 

James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.

10 comments
prodriverlawyer
prodriverlawyer

What does "federal sources" mean? To whom are they "reporting"?  This is critical information, and you are simply posting rumor.

ChuckThomas1
ChuckThomas1

The writer should have taken into consideration each state has their own rules.  OREGON will still require it even if the feds don't.   Better know the state before your assume.

mdlind
mdlind

It may or may not be raining. If its not 0800 it might not be 0900 hours. So what. Do you folks understand that you have some sort of responsibility to give us real news? Oh, and that it should be accurate and pertinent?

Safety Suzie
Safety Suzie

Please confirm your stories before posting them! I read this headline in my daily CCJ email and immediately I thought I had to start typing up a memo to our drivers to tell them the news since I work in the safety department. Then I read the article and it is nothing near as big of a deal as it seemed. This industry comes to you for the latest updates and news, especially trying to keep up with the constant regulation changes. It is also very hard to stop circulating regulatory rumors amongst truckers once they are started, and this is how they start! You should make sure your writers understand that!

Eugene S
Eugene S

We pushed all our drivers to get this done, some even had to drive to DMV . lot of wasted time, money, gas, and fuel

DOT Medical Examiner
DOT Medical Examiner

This is breaking news. this should make it the second delay i believe for the Self Reporting since he States were not ready the first time.  As far as the other agenda on the FMCSA list  (the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners), that's still set for May 21,2014.  So far, the FMCSA expects to reach their goal of around 20,000 certified medical examiners by compliance day.  

sylvia53
sylvia53

This is crap.  What about those of us who rushed around to take time out to go to motor vehicle and lose work to get it done in time?  The dept. needs to get its crap together........

gayleglass8
gayleglass8

 @sylvia53 Sylvia, you didn't waste the time and effort.  The deadline for self certification is still this year.  It's the fact that they don't have to carry the paperwork any more that has been pushed back. I feel your frustration, though.  Hard to keep it together ourselves, when the rulemakers can't even keep their act together!



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