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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require all Commercial Driver License holders to certify with the State’s Driver License Agency in one of the four categories below prior to the issuance or renewal of a CDL. Those certifying in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce (Category A or C) must also ensure their medical documentation is on file with the state issuing agency and that it remains current. Failure to present valid medical documentation, when required, will result in the denial of the issuance or renewal of the CDL. Failure to maintain current medical documentation on file may result in CDL disqualification.

  1. Non-excepted Interstate - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and am required to maintain federal medical certification. (Medical Card Required)
  2. Excepted Interstate - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce, but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from the requirement to maintain federal medical certification.
  3. Non-excepted Intrastate - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce and am required to meet state of Florida medical certification requirements. (Medical Card Required)
  4. Excepted Intrastate - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce, but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from state of Florida medical certification requirements.

CDL holders can no longer claim exemption from medical certification requirements because they are not currently operating in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce. If not specifically included in category B or D above, they must maintain their medical certification or downgrade to a non-commercial license.

Note: If you self-certify in a category exempt from medical certification requirements (Category B or D) and later change to a non-exempt type of operation (Category A or C), you must recertify in the appropriate category and provide proof of valid medical certification to avoid potential enforcement actions.


Medical Certification FAQ

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations now require all drivers obtaining an original CDL, or renewing their CDL, to certify with the driver license office in one of four categories. Drivers certifying in non-excepted interstate or non-excepted intrastate commerce must also provide valid medical documentation. Certification categories are listed above.
All CDL holders will be required to self-certify prior to January 31, 2014. You will be notified of the new requirements and provided with instructions. The notification process will be phased in over several months, starting in July 2012, to allow drivers time to comply by the January 2014, deadline.
CDL holders can no longer claim exemption from medical certification requirements because they are not currently operating in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce. If not specifically included in category B or D, you must maintain your medical certification or downgrade to a non-commercial license. If you downgrade to a non-commercial license and later need to upgrade back to a commercial license, you may do so without additional testing.
Drivers operating only in intrastate commerce are advised to consider self-certifying in the non-excepted interstate category (Category A) if eligible. Drivers not eligible to certify in Category A include drivers under 21 years of age and drivers with certain medical conditions who do not have a federally issued medical variance. Drivers self-certifying in Category C who are not eligible to self-certify in Category A will have restrictions to intrastate commerce placed on their CDL.
Yes. You are required to maintain current medical documentation on file. Failure to do so may result in CDL disqualification.
Yes. Drivers are currently still required to carry their medical certification with them when operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Since you will be operating, at times, in non-excepted interstate commerce for a long haul trucking firm, you must certify in Category A – Non-excepted Interstate, and you must have a medical certificate.
All CDL holders required to have a valid medical certificate must comply with the regulations in Part 383. The regulations provide no exceptions to service members on active deployment. If a service member can provide an acceptable medical certificate, his/her medical certification will continue. Otherwise, the state will have to begin the downgrade process.





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