Final Rule – Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration Extension

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23 Jun 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the Final Rule for the Extension of Compliance Dates for Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration until June 23, 2025. This rule goes into effect on June 22, 2021.

FMCSA postponed this extension for the following reasons:

  • FMCSA to electronically transmit, from the National Registry to the State Drivers License Agencies (SDLAs), driver identification information, examination results, and restriction information from examinations performed for holders of commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) or commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) (interstate and intrastate);
  • FMCSA to electronically transmit to the SDLAs medical variance information for all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers;
  • SDLAs to post on the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) driver record the driver identification, examination results, and restriction information received electronically from FMCSA; and
  • motor carriers to no longer be required to verify that CLP/ CDL drivers were certified by a certified medical examiner (ME) listed on the National Registry.

The compliance date for these provisions was postponed previously from June 22, 2018, to June 22, 2021, by an interim final rule (83 FR 28774). This final rule specifies that FMCSA now amends again the regulations adopted in the 2015 final rule and amended in the Federal Register to include a compliance date of June 23, 2025.