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.
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.