The FMCSA recently issued a new version of the Medical Examination Report Form. Here's what you need to know.
Daren Hansen - Sr. DOT Editor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
September 24 , 2021
Change The Way You See Your Fleet
The J. J. Keller® Encompass® Platform is the only fleet management platform that provides guidance backed by 65 years of trusted DOT compliance expertise. Add connected technology like ELogs, dash cams, and vehicle tracking devices whenever you're ready.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now requiring medical providers to use an updated version of the Medical Examination Report Form. The compliance deadline was September 7, 2021.
The changes to the form were part of a more significant release of corrections to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) issued on July 7, 2021. Among the minor technical changes to the medical form was the removal of driver gender identification.
The new form retained the 11/30/2021 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expiration date, an indication that the document will be revised again later this year.
Current OMB approval is due to expire on November 30th for both the medical long form and certificate. The expiration date in the upper corner indicates when FMCSA will lose its authority from the OMB to require the use of the form. Typically, that authority must be renewed every few years, which results in a new, mandatory version of both forms.
Medical examiners must provide a copy of a driver's medical exam certificate to a driver's prospective or current motor carrier employers who request it. It is NOT mandatory, however, that medical examiners provide a copy of the long medical exam forms. This long form, MCSA-5875, must remain on file in the examiner's office but isn't required by the FMCSRs to be in a carrier's files.
All persons who drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) ‑ including occasional drivers ‑ must be medically certified and be able to prove it. This includes supervisors, mechanics, or anyone else who drives a CMV on a public road. Drivers can verify their certification with a Medical Examiner's Certificate carried on their person. In addition, drivers holding a commercial driver's license (CDL) or commercial learner's permit (CLP) should have a certified status noted in their current driving record, indicating that they are medically certified. There is no grace period for renewing a medical certificate. It will expire on the expiration date noted on the certificate.
Motor carriers and drivers may only use medical examiners listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The National Registry is an online registry of medical examiners who've completed the specified training and exams necessary to become certified to perform medical exams on commercial drivers. The National Registry is available online.
The carrier must validate that the medical examiner who conducts the exam is listed on the National Registry. A note must be added in the driver's file to document that the carrier performed the verification.
A carrier may use a copy of a CDL driver's new medical certificate as proof of qualification for up to 15 days after the certificate was issued. Within those 15 days, the carrier must obtain an updated motor vehicle record (MVR) showing the new medical certification information.
J. J. Keller® Encompass® Fleet Management is the industry's most reliable fleet management system. It automates your regulatory recordkeeping tasks and automates workflow processes for highly regulated DOT requirements like driver qualification, hours of service, hiring, alcohol & drug program management & more. Talk with a compliance specialist to learn more.
2022 CVSA Roadcheck Results — Wheel End Inspection Tips & Guidance
Each year, thousands of vehicle inspections are conducted during CVSA Roadcheck. Here are the results from the 2022 Roadcheck event.
"I'm Not Paying You to Sleep!" And Other Vehicle Tracking Short Stories
Who doesn't love good trucking stories? Here are three situations when vehicle trackers helped fleet managers save time and money.
Large Private Fleet Reduced Risky Driving Events by 86% — in One Day!
This fleet recently experienced a significant reduction in risky driving events. Here's how they use dash cameras to protect their drivers.