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DOT Medical Card / Reporting Requirements
NEW FEDERAL AND STATE LAW FOR DRIVERS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set licensing standards (CFR 383.71 and CFR 383.73) that apply to commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders nationwide.
To comply with the federal requirements, Idaho legislation was enacted to authorize the Idaho Transportation Department to collect information from commercial drivers regarding:
This information will be entered on the driver’s Idaho license record and on a national database known as the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS).
Failure to comply with the new regulations will result in loss of commercial driving privileges.
CDL SELF CERTIFICATION
Drivers will be notified via US Mail of the new requirement to “self-certify” a driving category by July 15, 2013; Drivers can “self-certify” at the following website, or at any County Driver’s License office; Website link: https://dmvapps.itd.idaho.gov/cdlselfcertification/
Letters informing drivers of the new requirements will be sent to all CDL/CLP holders in late May and June of 2013.
Drivers will need to certify that they drive or expect to drive in one of four categories:
INTRASTATE ONLY OPERATIONS
Drivers self-certifying to an Intrastate category will have a ‘K’ restriction (intrastate operation only) added to their driver’s record. Drivers will not be required to purchase a new license if they declare an intrastate driving category. The ‘K’ restriction will appear on the license upon renewing the license, adding endorsements, or making any other change requiring re-issuing the license.
Drivers over 21 years of age who wish to remove the “K” restriction will have to change their self- certification category to one of the Interstate categories and submit a DOT medical card if selecting the non-excepted driving category.
New commercial drivers or existing drivers renewing their license or permit will self-certify a driving category on their CDL application beginning in June, 2013. County DMV staff will enter or update the self-certification for the driver.
DOT MEDICAL CARDS
CDL and Commercial permit holders who self-certified in a “non-excepted” category will receive a letter from ITD explaining when and where to submit their DOT medical card.
These letters will be mailed to affected drivers in September, 2013; Drivers should not submit a DOT medical card until notified by ITD to do so. Any DOT Medical card submitted before September will be shredded and will have to be submitted again.
After September, 2013, Commercial license and permit applicants who self-certify in a non-excepted category will be required to submit a copy of their DOT medical card at the county DMV when obtaining a CDL or CLP.
DOT MEDICAL CARD RENEWALS
New Federal rules affecting physicians who perform DOT Physicals will eventually require that the Physician send the commercial driver’s DOT medical information directly to CDLIS.
Until further notified, Idaho commercial drivers renewing a DOT Physical should continue to provide copies of their DOT Medical card to the Idaho Transportation Department via the methods outlined in the September letter;
Drivers with expired DOT Medical cards who have not changed their driving category to an excepted category will receive warning letters from ITD; These drivers will be notified that their commercial driver’s license status will be changed to “not certified to operate a commercial vehicle”, per federal regulations;
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRIVERS AND EMPLOYERS
Commercial Drivers are required to:
HOW TO GET A DOT MEDICAL EXAMINATION
A Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination must be performed in accordance with CFR 49 §391.41 and CFR 49 §391.43.
DOT medical examinations are conducted by a licensed medical examiner as defined in CFR 49 §390.5.
This includes but is not limited to:
After May 20, 2014, examiners must be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Consult https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam to find certified examiners in your area.