Medical Card and CDL Extension Pushed To Feb 28

CDL and Medical Card Waiver | DOT Compliance Services | CNS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended a waiver through May 31, 2021, giving drivers more time to renew expired CDLs, CLPs and med certs because of difficulty scheduling DOT physicals and driver’s license renewals due staffing shortages and other issues.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the FMCSA feared drivers would have trouble renewing commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learners permit (CLP) or getting DOT physicals for their medical cards.

So, earlier this year the FMCSA announced a waiver for CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers transporting essential supplies and equipment during the pandemic that would allow them to delay renewing medical cards and CDLs until December 31st, 2020.

This deadline has been pushed to February 28th.

If you have been driving essential supplies and equipment during the pandemic and referring to the waiver to delay renewing licenses or medical cards, renewals could be delayed.

What CDL holders need to do before Feb 28, 2020

  • If your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) was up for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, you need to renew it by February 28.
  • If your medical examination and certification (or med card) expired on or after June 1, 2020, you have until February 28, to schedule a DOT physical and have it renewed.

What CLP holders need to do before Dec 31, 2020

  • If your Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) was up for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, you need to renew it by February 28, which requires the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
  • If your medical examination and certification (or med card) expired on or after June 1, 2020, you have until February 28, to schedule a DOT physical and have it renewed.

What non-CDL holders need to do before Dec 31, 2020

  • If your medical examination and certification (or med card) expired on or after June 1, 2020, you have until February 28, to schedule a DOT physical and have it renewed.

The HOS portion of the waiver has been extended to Feb 28, 2021 and expanded to include vaccine distribution. Read the latest here

The FMCSA also issued an Enforcement Notice, explaining that it will not take enforcement action against drivers and motor carriers that fall under the terms of the waiver. However, we have seen some roadside enforcement still give violations out when drivers are meeting the waiver guidelines.


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Incorrect violations can be challenged and our DataQ process and our DOT consultants are well-versed in the FMCSA rules and regulations, with specific knowledge on what officers are required to note in their report. We are able to challenge one DataQ or schedule a monthly review of all roadside inspections and report on which violations can be challenged.

Our DOT Compliance Specialists can help with DataQ’s. You can call 888.260.9448 to talk to a specialist or request more information in the form above.

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Now Offering DOT CDL Physical Exams

CNS is now offering appointments for DOT medical card exams. The service will be provided at CNS headquarters, located at 38 Copperfield Circle, Lititz PA 17543 as well as onsite exams across PA for fleets. The service will also extend to PA School Bus medical exams.

Exam appointments can be scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each Month.

CNS has hired, John Reel, PA-C, MPAS, as our new Certified DOT Medical Examiner.     DOT CDL Physical Exams

John has 35 years of experience in emergency medicine, general surgery, family practice, pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, occupational medicine and urgent care. John was named one of 50 Physician Assistants Who Make A Difference Today by the National Commission of Certified Physician Assistants Health Foundation in 2017.

 

Schedule an exam today! Exams@cnsprotects.com or by calling 717.625.0280 Option 2

FMCSA: Medical Examiners To Begin Using Revised Medical Forms April 20

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminds Medical Examiners that physical exams must be completed using the revised versions of Medication Examination Report Form (MCSA-5875) and Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form (MCSA-5876) on April 20, 2medical_symbol(4)016.

In April 2015, FMCSA published it’s Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule, requiring the revised use of the forms. However, in December 2015, FMCSA announced a 120-day grace period to “ensure that Medical Examiner’s had sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.”

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Medical Card / MVR Requirements

Requirements starting January 30, 2015

Beginning January 30, 2015, a driver required to have a commercial driver’s license, who has submitted a current medical examiner’s certificate to the State documenting he/she meets the physical qualification requirements, will no longer need to carry the medical examiner’s certificate (or a copy of the certificate) for more than 15 days after the date it was issued as valid proof of medical certification.

Beginning, July 8, 2015, a driver required to have a commercial learner’s permit, who has submitted a current medical examiner’s certificate to the State documenting he/she meets the physical qualification requirements, will no longer need to carry the medical examiner’s certificate (or a copy of the certificate) for more than 15 days after the date it was issued as valid proof of medical certification.

A CDL or CLP holder who obtained a medical variance from FMCSA must continue to have the original or copy of the medical variance documentation in his/her possession at all times when on-duty.

Driver Qualification Files

If the CDL issuing state motor vehicle record contains medical certification status information for the CDL holder, the motor carrier employer must obtain the motor vehicle records from the current licensing State and place it in the driver qualification file. The motor carrier has 15 days to obtain the MVR from the date stamped on the medical examination certificate.  The medical examiner’s certificate or a copy must be placed in the DQ file for the 15 day period (or until the CDL issuing state MVR is put there).  Without either the MVR or the medical examiner’s certificate (for the 15 day period), the motor carrier may not let the driver operate a CMV.

After January 30, 2015, a non-excepted, interstate CDL or CLP holder who does not have medical certification status information on the CDL issuing state motor vehicle record will be designated “not-certified” to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. A motor carrier may use a copy of the driver’s current medical examiner’s certificate that was submitted to the state for up to 15 days from the date it was issued as proof of medical certification.

Under a proposed rule issued May 10, 2013, the 15 day grace period will eventually be removed.  (78 Fed. Reg. 27349.)  If the proposed rule is adopted without change, carriers would be required to obtain the CDL issuing state MVR before letting the driver drive, and would not be able to rely on putting the medical examiner’s certificate in the DQ file.  The rule would require medical examiners to submit the results of their medical examinations on the same day as the examination, and for states to update their CDL issuing state MVR information within a day.  Because there would be no delay in the information being put in the CDL issuing state, here would be no need for a delay in carriers obtaining the information.

If you are under CNS Driver File Management program there is no need to worry! We have got you covered. We will pull your CDL or CLP holders record 15 day after the medical card expires. We will also keep informing you on when the CDL or CLP holder’s medical card expires.

Not enrolled in CNS Driver File Management program yet? Contact us today and learn how easy it is to enroll. Plus, we will get you 100% compliant with your driver files. Call 1-888-260-9448 today.