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FMCSA grants 120-day grace period for new medical exam forms

4. Drivers must carry paper copies of medical certificates until 2015The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a 120-day grace period for medical examiners to transition to the new medical exam forms for DOT physicals.

Beginning Dec. 22, medical examiners are required to use a new Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate when giving DOT physicals. FMCSA is now giving examiners until April 20 to fully transition to the new forms “to ensure that medical examiners have sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.”

The new forms were not made available to medical examiners until Dec. 14 due to technical difficulties, FMCSA said, and the agency received public requests to delay the implementation.

Minor change to DOT physical form to take effect this month, more changes to system coming

One part of a Final Rule published in April that made changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations will take effect ...


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