Medical Examiner Certification Needed by May 21

If you perform physical examinations and issue medical certificates for commercial motor vehicle drivers, you must complete accredited certification training and pass an examination  by May 21, 2014.

This is a requirement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Beginning May 21, all medical certificates issued to interstate truck and bus drivers must come from medical examiners listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

To be listed on the registry, physicians and other health care professionals must:

  • Maintain a valid state license to conduct medical examinations,
  • Complete required training on FMCSA's physical qualification standards,
  • Pass the FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification Test to demonstrate knowledge of FMCSA's physical qualification standards, and
  • Complete refresher training every five years and recertification testing every 10 years.

To get started, register to become certified on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website.

The TMA Education Center offers a course that fulfills the accredited certification training requirement. After completing the course, find a testing center near you on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website and schedule your certification test.

Published April 29, 2014

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