New Certification Needed for Physicians Who Give DOT Physicals

If you provide commercial truck and bus drivers their Department of Transportation-mandated physical examinations, you will have to earn a new type of certification by next year.

New regulations (see Subpart D) going into effect May 21, 2014, will — for the first time — require physicians and other health care professionals who provide these exams to be certified and registered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

FMSCA has created a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners to unify medical oversight of commercial drivers and ensure examiners understand and are trained on FMCSA physical qualifications and standards.

To become certified as a medical examiner, you must register through the National Registry website. Once registered, you will receive a unique identification number. You will then need to complete the necessary training and pass the FMCSA certification test. You must be recertified every 10 years and complete periodic refresher training every five years.

The National Registry website provides program information to those who wish to become certified medical examiners. A good place to start is on with the registry’s FAQ page.

Published April 23, 2013 

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