Effective May 21, physicians must complete accredited certification training and pass an examination before they perform examinations and issue new medical certificates to interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers.
This new requirement from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states 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.
The TMA Education Center offers a course titled Medical Certification of Commercial Drivers that fulfills the training requirement for this rule. After completing the course, find a testing center near you on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners' website, and schedule your certification test.
Keep up with this and other new regulations on TMA's Deadlines for Doctors webpage.
Action, May 16, 2014