DOT Physicals – Examiners Must Be Certified

30 Dec 2014

FMCSA developed the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners program as part of the agency’s commitment to enhancing the medical oversight of interstate drivers, and preventing commercial vehicle-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities.  To learn more or find a Certified Medical Examiner in your area, visit http://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov.  

Upon completing and passing their physical examination, drivers will be issued a medical certification card (the short form) just as they have been prior to the new rule. The only difference is that the card will list the medical examiner’s national registration number.

Motor carriers are required to obtain an original copy of their drivers’ medical certificate (short form). However, they are not required to obtain copies of their drivers’ Medical Examination Report (long form). Upon request to the medical examiner, a motor carrier employing a driver is entitled to receive an original copy of the driver’s medical certificate. Beginning May 21, 2014, all carriers were required to verify their drivers’ medical certifications upon hiring or expiration of a medical examiner’s certificate by validating them against the medical examiner’s registration number. Additionally, this verification must be noted in the driver qualification file. 

National Drug Screening works with  with local Certified Medical Examiners to provide DOT physicals for our clients, if you need a DOT pyhsical, call now.