New Medical Certificate Requirements
Beginning January 30, 2012 all CDL holders must provide information to their State Drivers License Administration regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle they drive with their CDL. Drivers operating in interstate or foreign commerce are required to submit a current medical examiners certificate to obtain a “Certified” medical status as part of their driving record. Failing to “Provide” and “Keep-Up-To-Date” their medical examiners certificate with the SDLA will result in the drivers CDL being down-graded to a non commercial licensing status.
Recently the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety sent out 1500 notices removing all CDL privileges from Oklahoma Commercial Drivers who failed to submit a current medical examiners certificate after being notified that their medical certificates on file had expired. If the medical examiner’s certificate has expired, the driver must obtain a new one and provide it to the DPS immediately. DPS will send out a letter notifying the driver the medical examiner certificate has expired and the CDL holder will have 30 days to submit a new card. If the driver fails to provide DPS their medical certificates and DPS down-grades their CDL’s, those drivers will have to retest in order for their CDL privileges to be reinstated.
Since January 30, 2012 any driver who has renewed, upgraded, transferred or obtained a duplicate CDL has already gone through the process of providing DPS with their medical examiners certificate and ‘self-certified’ their operating status. However, if they do not have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer between January 30, 2012 and January 30, 2014 they are responsible for providing DPS with their self-certification BEFORE January 30, 2014.
There are 3 ways your drivers can submit this information to DPS:
- Walk –in to any DPS office, sign the self-certification form and provide a copy of the Medical Certificate.
- Fax the self certification form and a copy of their Medical Certificate to DPS @ 405-419-2196
- E-mail the self-certification form and a copy of the drivers medical Certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medical Self - Certification Affidavit form can be found on the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Website. http://www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/pub/CDLMedicalAffidavit.pdf
All of this information can be found on the DPS Website. www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/
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Tue, March 19, 2013
by Rebecca Chappell