Alaska Medical Experts Needed for CDL Requirements
In May 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published rules and regulations that created a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The National Registry was created to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified to accurately and effectively determine that a driver’s medical fitness for duty meets FMCSA’s standards.
Effective May 21, 2014, the FMSCA will require that interstate motor carriers and drivers use only medical examiners listed on the National Registry. That is, only medical examinations performed by examiners on the National Registry will be considered valid. This means that interstate commercial drivers may no longer receive a Department of Transportation (DOT) exam performed by their provider unless that provider is certified, and on the National Registry of Medical Examiners. The State of Alaska is required to adopt these federal regulations.
To maintain certification, a medical examiner must:
- Continue to be licensed, registered, or certified in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of each state in which he or she performs physical examinations;
- Submit to FMCSA within 30 days any changes to the application information;
- Report to FMCSA any information related to any termination, suspension, or withdrawal of professional license, registration, or certificate under state law;
- Maintain documentation of state professional licensing, registration, or certification and completion of all required training;
- Every month, for each driver examined, submit Form MCSA-5850 electronically via the National Registry. If no exams were performed during the month, that fact must also be reported;
- Retain original completed Medical Examination Reports for all drivers examined, and a copy or electronic version of the driver’s Medical Examiner’s Certificate for at least three years from the date of the examination;
- Provide copies of Medical Examination Reports and Medical Examiner’s Certificates to FMCSA within 48 hours of request;
- Follow FMCSA administrative requirements;
- Complete periodic training every five years as specified by FMCSA;
- Pass the Medical Examiner Certification Test every 10 years.
To ensure there are sufficient certified physicians performing this critical function of highway safety and driver health, Alaska Providers are encouraged to become certified medical examiners in Alaska. For additional information regarding requirements of the National Registry, please visit: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam.