AMES, Iowa – Oct. 11, 2013 – With a January 2014 compliance date quickly approaching to meet medical self-certification requirements for commercial driver’s license holders, the Iowa Department of Transportation is reminding CDL holders of an online service aimed at helping them comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. The “myMVD Self-Certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate” service is available online, anytime for the convenience of busy drivers.
Since the Iowa DOT began compliance with the federal rules in January 2012, every new applicant for a CDL and those renewing existing CDLs were required to self-certify the type of driving they do, interstate or intrastate, and if applicable, submit a copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the Iowa DOT. The federal rule requires all CDL holders to be self- certified by Jan. 30, 2014, regardless of CDL expiration date. If not, the Iowa DOT must mark the driver record as not medically certified and then initiate a downgrade of the CDL to a noncommercial status.
Based on a report from Oct. 1, 38.7 percent of Iowa CDL holders still need to self-certify.
To avoid unnecessary complications for any CDL holder, the Iowa DOT: (1) started notifying drivers of the requirement by sending reminder notices to each holder prior to their expiration date; (2) created a comprehensive website at www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/MCRforCDL.html; and (3) developed brochures, which are available at driver license issuance sites or online at the above website. In addition, the Iowa DOT is also sending out a monthly mailing to notify drivers who have CDLs expiring after the federal deadline of Jan. 30, 2014, based on the order of expiration.
CDL holders do not need to wait for the notification; they can make their self-certification online at: https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login. Being proactive will avoid roadside complications and prevent unnecessary downgrading of your commercial driver’s license. The Iowa DOT wants to help CDL holders meet the federal deadline. It’s simple to use the online service.
If you don’t have online access, you can still meet the deadline by following these instructions.
Until the federal program is fully implemented on Jan. 30, 2014, a driver must still carry an original or copy of his or her Medical Examiner’s Certificate, and provide a copy to his or her employer for the individual’s driver qualification file.
For additional information about CDL self-certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate reporting, check out the brochure at http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/FedMedBrochure.pdf; or visit http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/MCRforCDL.html.
Contact: David Stutz at 515-237-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org