FMCSA proposes rule to immediately transmit medical exam results to state licensing agencies

| May 10, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Friday, May 10, issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking changing the form medical examiners use when performing physical exams on commercial motor vehicle drivers and requiring the medical examiners to report results of completed physicals to FMCSA by close of business on the day of examination.

This is the second part of an original rule created last year by FMCSA that established the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, which requires truck drivers to receive medical certification from an FMCSA-approved examiner. The bulk of the requirements goes into effect next year.

FMCSA says the new portion of the rule proposed this week also includes a requirement that FMCSA transmit medical information electronically for all CDL holders to state drivers license agencies upon receipt from the medical examiner. This would ensure that state and federal enforcement officers have the most current information available regarding the medical status of a CDL holder, FMCSA says. It also means, however, that a medical report that voids a CDL due to failure to meet medical requirements also would be transmitted immediately.

However, the rule change would mean drivers would no longer have to give their medical certificates or any medical documents to their state issuing agency, FMCSA says. Fleets would no longer be required to verify the National Registry Number of the medical examiner who issued the certification, either, the agency says.

FMCSA is proposing that the rule go into effect three years from the date it is finalized.

To comment on the proposed rule, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal at and use the docket number FMCSA-2012-0718. Comments may also be mailed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C., 20590 or hand delivered to the same address.

They can also be faxed to 202-493-2251.

All submissions must reference the docket number.

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  • Dave

    Here where i live. We already have to send a copy of the medical to the BMV. Its all Federal. They just can’t hook up with each other. O! Common sense. Sorry! An easier way to keep hold of your nut sack. I guess. So, all these years of D.O.T PHYSICALS i’ve paid for. And the companies accepted them. They wasn’t approved doctors? That makes know sense! Um. Will all the foreigners crossing our borders in trucks. Have to do the same? Oh no ! Thats right! Only screw with the American drivers. That pay the taxes, that pay your wages. More and more and more crap! Then they wonder why the decline in drivers. Or the decline in experienced drivers. The inexperienced will catch up to reality.

  • localnet

    It is getting to the point, that to drive a truck, one will need an attorney and a physician on retainer to turn the key in the ignition. Oh this business SUCKS!

  • Texan4EVER

    This is complete over reach by the Polotbureaux/ Kremlin government agencies. The American is becoming extinct long live the AmeriKan. While the Kremlin on the potomac decimates the country anyway it can and delivers the American to the rule of outside nations, tell me what has any of the se new useless rules got to do with Trucking Safety.

    I see only control of the American economy by a communist controlled government that hates the people producing any and all products. The obvious is that the Muslim/Communist leader in the whitehouse is the head of the snake the body of the snake constantly needs feeding on the bodies and labor of the american in order to acontinually feed the starving and pampered occupiers of a once proud nation.

    We as true Patriots and Americans have not lost the ability to considrer our perdicament but have we lost our ability to act and decide what the right course of action is.

    Spread the word from Sea to Shinning Sea From the valley to the Moutains We you cowards in Washington have come along way in the course of AMERICAN events to tell you ‘We are not the decieved and stupid’ you are summarily fired and hold no sway over this land or its people.

    You politicans who feed on our labor and try to deprive us of a future can go striaht to hell.

    From one pissed and angry TEXAN


  • Freightliner01

    I think, ” in the truck with you ” would be the correct statement !

  • ilovdieselsmoke

    why not everyone just drive naked with government camcorders mounted on dash? the government along with a few select trucking companies can then examine each driver anytime 24/7 using their gov color cam or their cancer causing gamma ray technology. this would also help create more great government paid jobs perhaps under the sub-heading of TSA 18 wheeler watch? it’s all about protecting the homeland from nasty truckers right? especially the ones who have been in this business for forty plus years. ya never can tell when one of those elderly professional truckers might go berserk, defect to the dark side and become an Al Qaeda operative! yes sir, i’ve been thinking of doing that myself here lately. maybe backing over a few dozen of these slimy politicians we placed in office.. Only thing stopping me doing that at present is it may mess up my CSA score causing my insurance rates to go up!!

  • Robert

    I see no valid reason for this rule at all for this ruling you must carry it with you and show it on demand making it required to show it to the state and attach it to your driving record only allows those who want to pay the state a fee access to your medical records. I wonder if the person behind this rule would like to post his physical with the state as a requirement of being on the board to make these rules. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.