Iowa DOT News Release

Jan. 30 deadline for CDL holders to comply with FMCSA regulations

Posted on: January 21, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 21, 2014 - Every commercial driver’s license holder is required to self-certify to 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 initiate a downgrade of the CDL to a noncommercial status.

If you have already self-certified, thank you for being proactive. For CDL holders who have not yet self-certified, you can make your self-certification online at: It’s simple to use the online service.

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your name, date of birth, last five digits of your social security number and Iowa driver’s license number.
  3. Select the “Self-Certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate” application.
  4. Select the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you drive in or expect to drive in with your CDL. Based on your selection, you may be required to provide a copy of a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate. If a certificate is required, instructions will be provided for emailing, faxing or mailing the forms to the Iowa DOT.
  5. Special note for drivers who self-certify to “non-excepted interstate:” Since it is not possible to upload your Medical Examiner’s Certificate, the on-line service will instruct you to download the self-certification form and submit it along with your Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the Iowa DOT via one of the following:  
    • Regular mail:  Office of Driver Services, P.O. Box 9204, Des Moines, IA 50306
    • E-mail scan:
    • Fax:  515-239-1837
    • Presenting the certificate in person at your local driver’s license station.       

If you need assistance with the website, please contact the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Information Center at 800-532-1121 or email

If you don’t have online access, you can still meet the deadline by going to an Iowa driver’s license issuance location before Jan. 30, 2014. The clerk will ask you to declare the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you intend to perform. If it falls into a certain category, you will be asked to provide your Medical Examiner’s Certificate so that it can be scanned and saved with your driver record.

Until the federal program is fully implemented on Jan. 30, 2015, 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; or visit


Media contact: Kim Snook at 515-237-3253 or

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