In May 2014, the Department of Transportation issued a press release reminding CDL holders that a medical exam for truck drivers is now required. Through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the DOT requires commercial drivers to have a medical exam every 24 months as part of the organization’s increased focus on truck driver safety.
Safety Focus: Required Medical Exam for Truck Drivers
According to DOT regulations, all commercial truck drivers whose current medical certificate expires on or after May 21, 2014, must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners at the expiration of their current medical certificate.
Upon successful passing of the medical exam, truck drivers will be issued a medical certificate from the medical examiner; however, these new medical certificates will include the certified medical examiner’s National Registry Number.
A Call for Medical Examiners
In order to be able to offer a medical exam for truck drivers, the DOT has set up a new website — nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov — for registering medical professionals to administer the new exams.
According to the DOT, there are 22,000 health professionals are on the list with another 27,000 in the process of getting certified.
Medical Exam Certificates to Last 24 Months
The DOT guidelines allow certified medical examiners to issue a medical exam for varying periods of time. For a clean bill of health, the medical examiner can issue a certificate for 24-months, the maximum duration of the certificate. If a driver exhibits a condition where more regular testing is desirable, such as high blood pressure, the medical examiner can issue a medical exam certificate of a shorter duration.
Read the full DOT press release: DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners