New Driver Medical Certification Requirements

March 2017

For commercial vehichle drivers, new medical certification procedures could soon make certification more difficult and costly. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is implementing new driver medical certification procedures. Drivers should plan ahead to avoid problems that could impact their qualifications to drive.

National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME)
Beginning May 21, 2014, all interstate commercial vehicle drivers subject to medical certification may only use examiners that are certified and enrolled in the NRCME. This could make it more difficult for drivers to locate certified examiners and schedule appointments. Extra travel time and time away from work could make certification more difficult and costly.

What drivers can do to help avoid potential problems

  • Know when your current medical certificate expires and plan ahead.
  • Schedule a medical exam early to ensure sufficient time for your state to receive and process your new medical certificate.
  • If you are an intrastate driver, check with your state to learn about state-specific requirements.

For a list of certified medical examiners in our area, visit

Self-certification for CDL drivers
Although the official deadline for all states to track driver medical certifications and include them on drivers' commercial driver's license (CDL) records has been delayed until Jan. 30, 2015, (notice), many states are already tracking driver medical certificates. According to this requirement, drivers must provide their state driver licensing agency with the following records when their medical certifications are changed or updated:

  • A "self-certification" declaring the type of commercial vehicle operation in which the driver engages.
  • A current copy of the driver's medical examiner's certificate.

To learn more about health and wellness for commercial truck drivers and maintaining your medical card, visit

Travelers fleet safety resources:

Risk Control for Commercial Fleets

Transportation Safety Roadmap

Education and Training



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