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Commercial Drivers Required to Self-Certify by January 30, 2014

Thursday, November 14, 2013  
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Some Minnesota commercial licensed drivers, including school bus, semi-tractor trailer and garbage truck drivers could lose their commercial driving privileges by the end of January if they don't take action to comply with federal and state regulations.  

 

Approximately 115,000 (46 percent) of Minnesota's 250,000 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders have not provided self-certification of their commercial driving status and, in some cases, proper medical documentation.   

 

Non-exempt interstate and intrastate drivers must provide a current medical examiner's certification along with any waivers required to maintain commercial driver status. Exempt interstate and intrastate drivers do not need to provide a medical examiner's certificate but do need to complete a self-certification form. The deadline to provide all documentation is Jan. 30, 2014

 

CDL holders not in compliance on Jan. 30, 2014, will be downgraded to a Class D license, leaving most drivers unable to legally engage in inter- or intrastate commercial driving.  

 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) is in the process of sending letters to all CDL holders in Minnesota reminding them to complete their self-certification.  

 

How to Self-Certify:

 

  • Check the status of the driver's license online at http://bit.ly/d3r8zL. If "Self-cert" is not listed, then a Self-Certification form must be submitted.
  • Complete the Commercial Driver License Medical Self-Certification Form (PS33203).
  • If a CDL driver certifies that they are subject to medical examination requirements, they must provide a copy of their Medical Examination Report (PS30158) and any required waiver (Insulin-treated diabetes, vision, seizure/loss of consciousness, limb impairment).
  • Submit a completed self-certification form and, if applicable, a current medical examiner's certificate, to DVS via mail, fax or in person to any driver exam station or driver license office.

 

Visit the DVS Website for these forms and more information on how to self-certify, for definitions of interstate and intrastate commerce, along with information about medical certification requirements.


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