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Frequently Asked Question on CDL Medical Certification

Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the CDL Medical Certification process.

1. How do I determine which category to self-certify in?

See the Driving Category Guide.

2. Do I have to get a new physical and Medical Examiner's Certificate if my current certificate has time remaining on it?

No, you may use the current certificate.

3. Where can I get a physical examination?

Licensed medical professionals, such as medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, chiropractors and advance registered nurse practitioners can serve as medical examiners and conduct the physical examinations.

4. If my chosen medical examiner does not have the appropriate forms, where can the forms be obtained?

The forms are available online at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/forms/649f.pdf

5. How often does a Medical Examiner's Certificate have to be renewed?

Generally, every two years. Certain medical conditions may require a driver to renew more often.

6. If I do not meet the physical qualification standards, is there a waiver possibility?

You should consult with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Their website is www.fmcsa.dot.gov and contains information regarding medical qualifications.

7. What should I do if I change my type of driving and will no longer need a Medical Examiner's Certificate?


Make a new self-certification with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You may change your self-certification at any time.

8. What do I need to do if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted me a variance or waiver from the qualifications?

In most cases, FMCSA will notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of the variance or waiver. A restriction will be placed on your CDL and you must carry the specific variance or waiver information with you while driving. As your variance or waiver nears expiration, you must apply to FMCSA for the renewal. Variances and/or waivers of physical qualifications are granted only by FMCSA. Information on waivers and variances is available on FMCSA’s website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov then click on Medical Program. 

9. After I provide the Bureau of Motor Vehicles an unexpired Medical Examiner's Certificate, do I still have to carry an original or copy of my Medical Examiner's Certificate?

Until the program is fully implemented on Jan. 30, 2014, you must carry an original or copy of your Medical Examiner’s Certificate with you and provide a copy to your employer for your driver qualification file.

Beginning Jan. 30, 2014, the Medical Examiner’s Certificate you receive will only be valid for 15 days after issuance. The certificate must be presented to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles before it expires. Once received, we will record it in your electronic driving record, and this will become the valid version of your medical certification.  It will remain valid in the system for two years from the date of issuance, unless you have a medical condition that requires more frequent examination.