Commercial Drivers Required to Self-Certify by January 30, 2014
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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
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
- 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