Medical Cards for Drivers

Part 391

Donald Jerrell of HNi recently posted a blog about driver DOT medical cards (certification).

Deadlines for Medical Cards for Drivers

Some important dates for medical certification to keep in mind include:

  • Jan. 30, 2014: This is the effective date (now passed) that commercial drivers must submit their medical certificate to their state Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Jan. 30, 2015: Interstate commercial drivers must keep copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them in their vehicle until this date.
  • May 21, 2014: As of this date, all drivers must get medical certification from a health care pro listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Finding a Certified Doctor

Drivers only can get medical certification from a certified medical examiner who’s on the National Registry. The state DMV syncs its records of who’s a certified medical pro with the registry.


A company must verify that a doctor is certified, according to 391.51 (requirements for driver qualification file):

(9) A note relating to verification of medical examiner listing on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners required by §391.23(m).


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