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Online service helps CDL holders comply with rules

Jul 15, 2013

AMES — With a January compliance date quickly approaching to meet medical self-certification requirements for commercial driver’s license holders, the Iowa Department of Transportation is reminding CDL holders of an online service aimed at helping them comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. The“myMVD Self-Certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate” service is available online, anytime for the convenience of busy drivers.

Since the Iowa D.O.T. began compliance with the federal rules in January, every new applicant for a CDL and those renewing existing CDLs were required to self-certify the type of driving they do, interstate or intrastate, and if applicable, submit a copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the Iowa D.O.T. The federal rule requires all CDL holders to be self-certified by Jan. 30, regardless of CDL expiration date. If not, the Iowa D.O.T. must mark the driver record as not medically certified and then initiate a downgrade of the CDL to a noncommercial status.

The Iowa D.O.T.: started notifying drivers of the requirement by sending reminder notices to each holder prior to their expiration date; created a comprehensive website at www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/MCRforCDL.html; and developed brochures available at driver license issuance sites and online. Plus, the Iowa D.O.T. is sending out a monthly mailing to notify drivers who have CDLs expiring after the federal deadline of Jan. 30, based on the order of expiration.

CDL holders do not need to wait for the notification; they can make their self-certification online at https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login.

Those without online access, with a driver’s license expiring between now and Jan. 30, can go to the driver’s license station when it is time for the CDL to be renewed.

If a driver’s license does not expire until after Jan. 30, go to an Iowa driver’s license issuance location before Jan. 30.

Until the federal program is fully implemented Jan. 30, a driver must carry an original or copy the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, and provide a copy to his or her employer.

For information, see the brochure at www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/FedMedBrochure.pdf.

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