New Federal Regulation Changes for CDL
Effective January 30, 2012, new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
regulations will require all CDL holders to self-certify their expected type of commercial
driving to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles prior to any issuance of a CDL.

The purpose of these changes is to link the medical certificate to the CDL and include the
driver medical record in the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS), the
federal electronic database.  The new rule will help to prevent medically unqualified
drivers from operating on the Nation's highways by providing state licensing agencies a
means of identifying interstate (across state lines) CDL holders who are unable to obtain a
medical certificate and taking action to downgrade their CDLs accordingly.

Current CDL holders who drive interstate and are subject to federal medical requirements
in 49 CFR Part 391 are required to submit their Medical Examiners Certificate to the Ohio
BMV.  These medical requirements can be found online on the FMSCAs
website or by
contacting them at 1-800-832-5660.

If you are not subject to the federal medical requirements you must: certify that you are
excepted; certify that you only drive intrastate (only in Ohio) and are subject to state
requirements; or certify that you are excepted from state requirements, as listed in Ohio
Revised Code Chapter 4506.03(b)(1-10).

The Self-Certification Authorization form and the Medical Examiners Certificate (if
applicable) must be submitted to the Ohio BMV and processed prior to the issuance of a
CDL after January 30, 2012.  
Failing to self-certify or failing to submit the Medical Examiners
Certificate by
January 30, 2014, will cause the cancellation of your commercial driving
privilege and prevent the issuance of a CDL until compliance.
Quick Information

CDL Self-Certification Authorization

Medical Examiners Certificate

OHIO BMV - CDL Frequently Asked Questions

Mail the forms to:
Ohio BMV
CDL/Out of State Processing
PO Box 16784
Columbus, OH 43216-6784
Include your name, address and contact number
on all mailings

Fax or Email forms to:
Include your name, address and contact number
on all faxes and emails

Submit the forms in person to a Regional
Reinstatement Office or Deputy Registrar.  Please
note that a fee will be collected when submitting
forms to a Deputy Registrar.
The Bottom Line
Anyone who currently has a CDL must complete the CDL Self-Certification Authorization
form and submit it to the Ohio BMV by
January 30, 2014.  If you are required to have a
Medical Examiners Certificate, you must submit that form as well by January 30, 2014.

If you do not currently have a CDL but plan to get one, starting January 30, 2012, you will
be required to self-certify before your license is issued.
The Self-Certification Authorization form and the Medical Examiners Certificate can be
submitted by mail, fax, e-mail, or delivered in person to a Regional Reinstatement Office or
a Deputy Registrar.  The forms must be legible or a delay in processing will occur.
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