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Idaho Commercial Drivers Self-Certification Reporting

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Note: In this document, “ITD” refers to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver’s License Division of the Idaho Transportation Department.
  1. What is “self- certification” and why do I have to do it?

  2. What are the “self-certification categories”?

  3. What happens if I don’t “self certify”?

  4. I have a valid Idaho CDL and a valid DOT Medical card. Do I still have to “self-certify”?

  5. I have a CDL and drive Interstate, but I don’t think I need a DOT physical for the driving I do. What category should I declare?

  6. I only operate in the State of Idaho and haul only exempt commodities that do not require me to have a DOT physical. What category should I declare?

  7. I have a CDL, but I only run farm trucks in Idaho. I don’t have a DOT Medical Card. What category should I declare?

  8. I only operate in the State of Idaho but my employer requires me to have a DOT Medical card. What category am I in?

  9. I declared my category as Non-Excepted Intrastate. Now I have a “K” Restriction on my CDL. What is that?

  10. How do I get the “K” restriction removed if I am changing to interstate operation?

  11. Sometimes I drive a commercial vehicle Interstate but mostly I operate in Idaho. I maintain my DOT Physical. What category should I declare?

  12. I want to keep my CDL but I am not driving a commercial vehicle right now. What do I do?

  13. I am not driving a commercial vehicle right now but I want to keep full CDL privileges. What should I do?

  14. I forgot to “Self Certify”… How can I get back my Commercial privileges?

  15. I don’t use my CDL anymore, and I don’t have a DOT Medical card. Do I still have to “Self Certify”?

  16. Why do you need a copy of my DOT Medical card?

  17. Where do I send a copy of my DOT Medical card?

  18. When should I send ITD a copy of my DOT Medical card?

  19. I just renewed my DOT medical card. Do I have to send in another copy?

  20. Do I still have to carry my DOT Medical Card?

  21. What do I do with the long paper form the Medical Provider gave me?

  22. Can my family doctor perform my DOT Physical?

  23. What changes are coming for DOT Physicals?

  24. Appendix A: Idaho List of Regulated and Exempt Commodities



What is “self- certification” and why do I have to do it?

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations require that all CDL holders must provide information to their State Driver License Agency (for Idaho, that’s the Idaho Transportation Department, Driver Services) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive or expect to drive in with their CDL.
Current Idaho CDL holders are required to “self-certify” as to the type of commercial operation they are doing. The driving category self-certification will also need to be declared whenever the CDL holder:
  • Applies for or renews a CDL;
  • Applies for a different class of CDL;
  • Applies for a new endorsement on a CDL; or
  • Transfers a CDL from another State to Idaho
CDL holders who are required to have a DOT Medical card must also provide ITD with a copy of their current DOT Medical Card and show any variance that is required to obtain or keep the CDL.
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What are the “self-certification categories”?

There are four categories of commercial vehicle operation per FMCSA rules. CDL Holders must determine which category they are in. One of the following categories must be declared:
  • Excepted Interstate (Driving outside of Idaho, does not need a DOT medical card)
  • Excepted Intrastate (Idaho driving only, does not need a DOT medical card)
  • Non-excepted Interstate (Driving outside of Idaho, must have a DOT medical card)
  • Non-excepted Intrastate (Idaho driving only, must have a DOT medical card)

Self-Certification of Idaho CDL holders was required on July 1, 2013.
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What happens if I don’t “self-certify”?

In February 2014, ITD notified existing CDL Holders by US mail who had not yet self-certified that their Commercial Driving Privileges would be “downgraded”. Downgraded CDL Holders are no longer eligible to operate a commercial motor vehicle. This does not affect Class D privileges to operate a non-commercial vehicle.
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I have a valid Idaho CDL and a valid DOT Medical card. Do I still have to “self-certify”?

Yes. All existing Idaho CDL holders are required to self-certify their commercial vehicle operating category.
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I have a CDL and drive Interstate, but I don’t think I need a DOT physical for the driving I do. What category should I declare?

Idaho CDL holders operate in EXCEPTED INTERSTATE commerce when they drive a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTED ACTIVITIES:
  • As Federal, State or local government employees;
  • To transport human corpses or sick or injured persons;
  • Fire truck or rescue vehicle drivers during emergencies and other related activities;
  • Certain vehicles transporting propane winter heating fuel when responding to an emergency;
  • Certain vehicles responding to a pipeline emergency such as a pipeline leak or rupture;
  • In custom harvesting on a farm or to transport farm machinery and supplies used in the custom harvesting operation to and from a farm or to transport custom harvested crops to storage or market;
  • Beekeeper in the seasonal transportation of bees;
  • Certain farm vehicles controlled and operated by a farmer, but is not a combination vehicle (power unit and towed unit), and is used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies (no placardable hazardous materials) to and from a farm and within 150 air-miles of the farm;
  • As a private motor carrier of passengers for non-business purposes ; or
  • To transport migrant workers.
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I only operate in the State of Idaho and haul only exempt commodities that do not require me to have a DOT physical. What category should I declare?

Drivers who operate a commercial motor vehicle may declare their driving category as “Excepted-Intrastate” if they:
  • operate only within Idaho
  • are only transporting exempt commodities
  • are not required to have a DOT Medical card (See Appendix A at the end of this list for a complete list of regulated and exempt commodities)
    Note: If you declare your status as Idaho only (Intrastate Excepted or Non Excepted) a “K” restriction will be placed on your CDL. This permits operation of a commercial vehicle ONLY in Idaho. Any Driver who possibly may be operating across state lines or transports commodities that have crossed or will cross a state line, should declare “Non-excepted Interstate” as their category.
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I have a CDL, but I only run farm trucks in Idaho. I don’t have a DOT Medical Card. What category should I declare?

Drivers who are not required to maintain a DOT Medical card under the Farm Exemption, and who ONLY operate in Idaho, may declare their status “Excepted-Intrastate”.
  • Note: If you declare your status as Idaho only (Intrastate Excepted or Non Excepted) a “K” restriction will be placed on your CDL. This permits operation of a commercial vehicle ONLY in Idaho.
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I only operate in the State of Idaho but my employer requires me to have a DOT Medical card. What category should I declare?

Drivers who:
  • only operate a commercial motor vehicle in Idaho
  • are required to have a DOT Medical Card
  • may declare their driving category as “Non-excepted Intrastate”.

  • Note: If you declare your category as Idaho only (Intrastate Excepted or Non Excepted) a “K” restriction will be placed on your CDL. This permits operation of a commercial vehicle ONLY in Idaho.
  • Any Driver who possibly may be operating across state lines should declare “Non-excepted Interstate” as their category, as long as they maintain a valid DOT Medical card.
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I declared my category as Non-Excepted Intrastate. Now I have a “K” Restriction on my CDL. What is that?

If you declare your driving category as Idaho only (Intrastate Exempt or Non Exempt) you will have a “K” restriction placed on your CDL. This restricts you to operating a commercial vehicle ONLY in Idaho.
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How do I get the “K” restriction removed if I am changing to interstate operation?

Drivers who wish to remove the restriction will have to self-certify as operating in an interstate category and submit a medical card if they intend to operate in a non-excepted category. If the “K” restriction has been printed on their CDL, they will have to pay for a new license to be issued.
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Sometimes I drive a commercial vehicle Interstate but mostly I operate in Idaho. I maintain my DOT Physical. What category should I declare?

Drivers who operate in Non-Excepted Interstate commerce AT ANY TIME should choose the “Non-excepted Interstate” driving category.
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I want to keep my CDL but I am not driving a commercial vehicle right now, and I do not have a current DOT Medical Card. What should I do?

Drivers who are not maintaining a DOT Medical Card and who are not currently operating a commercial motor vehicle may declare their self-certification in a category that does not require a medical certificate (Excepted Intrastate). If the driver later wishes to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle in a non-excepted category, it will be necessary to obtain a DOT Medical and change to a non-excepted status.

NOTE: If you declare your category as Intrastate Excepted, you will have a “K” restriction placed on your CDL. This restricts you to operating a commercial vehicle ONLY in Idaho.

Any Driver who may want to operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on short notice should maintain a DOT Medical Card and should declare their category as “Non-excepted Interstate” to avoid having restrictions placed on their CDL.
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I am not driving a commercial vehicle right now but I want to keep full CDL privileges. What should I do?

Any Driver who may want to operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on short notice should maintain a DOT Medical Card and should declare their category as “Non-excepted Interstate” to avoid having restrictions placed on their CDL.
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I forgot to “Self Certify”… How can I get back my Commercial privileges?

Drivers who have not declared a driving category will have CDL privileges withdrawn. It will then be necessary to complete the self-certification process and contact ITD Driver Services at (208) 334-8735 to reinstate Commercial driving privileges.
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I don’t use my CDL anymore, and I don’t have a DOT Medical card. Do I still have to “Self Certify”?

Yes. All Idaho Commercial Driver’s License holders must complete this process whether currently driving a commercial vehicle or not.

A Commercial Driver’s License can be exchanged for a Class D (non-commercial) driver’s license at any County Sheriff’s Office Driver’s License office. However, if the driver later needs a Commercial Driver’s License, he or she must re-take all knowledge and skills tests required to obtain a new Commercial Driver’s License.
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Why does ITD need a copy of my DOT Medical card?

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules require drivers operating in certain types of commerce to submit a current copy of their DOT Medical Card to their State Driver’s License agency (ITD). The information from your DOT Medical card is recorded to and becomes a part of your Commercial Drivers’ record.
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Where do I send a copy of my DOT Medical card?

It is recommended you put your CDL next to your medical card and make a photocopy. Submit your DOT Medical Cards to ITD in any of the following ways:
  • US Mail to: Idaho Transportation Department, attn.: Driver Services, PO Box 7129, Boise ID 83707
  • FAX to: (208) 334-8586
  • E-mail a copy to: dlmail@itd.idaho.gov
  • Take your card into any Idaho County Sheriff's Office Driver's License Office
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When should I send ITD a copy of my DOT Medical card?

Your DOT Medical Card should have been submitted to ITD on or before January 30, 2014.
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I just renewed my DOT medical card. Do I have to send in another copy?

Yes. You should send a copy of your new, un-expired card as soon as you receive it from the medical provider.
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Do I still have to carry my DOT Medical Card?

Yes. Current FMCSA rules require all non-excepted Commercial Drivers to continue to carry a paper medical card with their CDL while driving a commercial motor vehicle until January 30, 2015. Go to Top


What do I do with the long paper form the Medical Provider gave me?

CDL holders should provide a copy of the long form Medical Examiner’s Certificate to their employer for their driver qualification file, and keep a copy for their own records.
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Can my family doctor perform my DOT Physical?

Under current laws, any physician can perform a DOT Physical examination and sign the medical card. DOT Medical Examination forms can be found on the FMCSA website. Here’s a link: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safetyprograms/Medical-Report.pdf
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What changes are coming for DOT Physicals?

A program is under development by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration known as the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. When this rule becomes effective, medical providers who wish to conduct DOT physicals will have to be certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

This rule is currently scheduled to go into effect May 21, 2014*. After that date, only FMCSA certified physicians can conduct a DOT Physical examination.

*Note: further information on this program can be found at: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam
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Appendix A: Regulated and Exempt Commodities- Exempt Commodities do not require DOT Medical Certification to transport within Idaho


From Idaho State Police Comercial Vehicle Safety


Commodity

Regulated / Exempt

Asphalt - (a grade of oil), also Road mixRegulated
Automobiles & Trucks - New and usedRegulated
Backhoes (equipment & like equipment)Regulated
Bank documentsRegulated
Bark (decorative)Regulated
Bedding Plants Exempt
Beer & Pop (Soda) Regulated
Bees (apiary)Exempt
Beet Pulp (for dairy feed)Exempt
Bones (animal)Regulated
Building MaterialsRegulated
Cement (dry, bulk, & bagged) Regulated
CheeseRegulated
Chemicals (dry, liquid, Bulk, & bagged) Regulated
Christmas TreesExempt
Cider (apple & vinegar)Regulated
Cinder blocksRegulated
ClayExempt
CoalExempt
Compost (soil aid)Exempt
Concrete (pre-cast)Regulated
Concrete (wet)Regulated
Concrete ProductsRegulated
Containers (crates & boxes)Regulated
Corn StarchRegulated
Cream & butter (bulk)Regulated
Dirt (equipment towed behind the truck to unload the dirt is regulated)Exempt
Dirt (contaminated)Regulated
Drilling FluidsRegulated
ExplosivesRegulated
Express & small PackagesRegulated
Farm Equipment (other than farm owner)Regulated
Fats (animal)Regulated
Fertilizer (dry, liquid, Bulk, & bagged) Regulated
FirewoodExempt
Fish (Live fish in tanks)Exempt
Flowers (cut)Regulated
Fruits (fresh)Exempt
Fruits (processed)Regulated
Furniture (moving & storage)Exempt
Furniture (from factory or store, unless paid for by customer)Regulated
Fur Bearing AnimalsExempt
Garbage (refuse / trash)Regulated
GrainExempt
Grass (sod)Exempt
Gravel (Equipment towed behind the truck to unload the gravel is regulated)Exempt
GypsumRegulated
Hazardous WasteRegulated (requires permit)
Hay (alfalfa)Exempt
Heavy Equipment Regulated
Heavy HaulingRegulated
HidesRegulated
Hogged FuelRegulated
Honey (processed)Regulated
HopsExempt
Horses (riding, show, race, & rodeo)Exempt
Houses/buildingRegulated
Household GoodsExempt
HumusExempt
InsecticideRegulated
InsulationRegulated
LavaRegulated
LivestockExempt
Livestock Feed/SilageExempt
Liquor Regulated
Logging EquipmentRegulated
LogsExempt
Lumber & lumber ProductsRegulated
MachineryRegulated
MailExempt
MasonryRegulated
Manure (fresh, dry, & dehydrated)Exempt
Manure (with additives)Regulated
Meat & meat productsRegulated
Mercer Authority (oil field Equipment & supplies)Regulated
Metal & metal productsRegulated
Milk (bulk)Exempt
Milk (packaged)Regulated
Minerals (mined, unprocessed, Ore only)Exempt
Minerals (concentrated, processed)Regulated
Mining EquipmentRegulated
Mobile/Modular HomesExempt
Molasses (as livestock feed)Exempt
MolassesRegulated
Mushrooms (fresh)Exempt
Newspapers & newsprintExempt
Nursery Stock (see individual items) 
OilRegulated
Onions (bulk)Exempt
Onions (packaged commercially)Regulated
Ores (raw products of the Mine)Exempt
Ore Concentrate (processed)Regulated
Office SuppliesRegulated
PalletsRegulated
Paper ProductsRegulated
Passengers & BaggageRegulated
Pearl DustRegulated
Peeled Posts & PolesRegulated
PesticideRegulated
Peat Moss (bulk)Exempt
Peat Moss (bagged)Regulated
Plastic TanksRegulated
Pet FoodRegulated
Petroleum ProductsRegulated
PilingRegulated
Pit RunExempt
Plant Mix (gravel mixed with Asphalt)Regulated
PolesRegulated
Potato StarchRegulated
Potatoes (processed)Regulated
Potatoes (seed) Exempt
Potatoes (unprocessed)Exempt
Potato Waste (used for cattle Feed)Exempt
PoultryExempt
Recyclable ItemsRegulated
Redi Mix (wet)   Regulated
Road Mix (hot mix, cold mix, Plant mix)Regulated
Rock (Equipment towed behind the truck to unload the rocks is regulated)Exempt
Rough LumberRegulated
SaltRegulated
Salvaged VehiclesRegulated
Sand (Equipment towed behind the truck to unload the sand is regulated)Exempt
Sap (maple)Exempt
SawdustRegulated
SilageExempt
Soil AidRegulated
Scrap IronRegulated
Steel & Steel ProductsRegulated
Sugar BeetsExempt
TallowRegulated
Top Soil (Equipment towed behind the truck to unload the top soil is regulated)Exempt
Waste ProductsRegulated
WaterRegulated
Wheat (farm)Exempt
WheyExempt
WoodRegulated
Wood ChipsRegulated
Wood PelletsRegulated
Wood ResidualsRegulated
Wood ShavingsRegulated
WormsExempt

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