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Online Service Helps Iowa CDL Holders Comply with FMCSA Regulations — 

The Iowa Department of Transportation recently announced a new online service aimed at helping commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders 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.

One year ago, the Iowa DOT announced that all CDL holders must provide information to the Iowa DOT about the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL starting January 30, 2012, and no later than January 30, 2014. Additionally, drivers operating in certain types of commerce are required to submit a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the Iowa DOT to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record.

To aid CDL holders in meeting these obligations, the Iowa DOT is offering its online service as a tool:

  1. Visit www.mymvd.iowadot.gov
  2. Enter your name, date of birth, last five digits of your social security number and Iowa driver’s license number
  3. Select the “Self-Certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate” application
  4. Select the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you drive in or expect to drive in with your CDL (Based on your selection, you will or will not be required to provide a copy of a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate. If a certificate is required, instructions will be provided for e-mailing, faxing or mailing the form to the Iowa DOT.)

Failure by a person to provide and keep their Medical Examiner’s Certificate up-to-date with the Iowa DOT will result in the downgrading of that individual’s driver’s license from a CDL to a non-commercial license.

If you don’t have online access, you can still meet the deadline by following these instructions.

  • If your driver’s license expires between now and January 30, 2014, go to the driver’s license station when it is time to renew your CDL. The clerk will ask you to declare the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you intend to perform. If it falls into a certain category, you will be asked to provide your Medical Examiner’s Certificate so that it can be scanned and saved with your driver record.
  • If your driver’s license does not expire until after January 30, 2014, you must go to an Iowa driver’s license issuance location before this deadline. The clerk will ask you to declare the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you intend to perform. If it falls into a certain category, you will be asked to provide your Medical Examiner’s Certificate so that it can be scanned and saved with your driver record.

Until the federal program is fully implemented on January 30, 2014, a driver must still carry an original or copy of his or her Medical Examiner’s Certificate and provide a copy to his or her employer for the individual’s driver qualification file.

After January 30, 2014, a driver’s Medical Examiner’s Certificate will be recorded on the individual’s driving record and it becomes the valid version of the certificate. An unexpired certificate must always be part of a CDL holder’s driving record after this date. If a driver’s certificate is about to expire, he or she must have a new medical examination and obtain a new medical certificate. The driver must then provide the new certificate to the Iowa DOT.

For additional information about CDL self-certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate reporting, visit www.iowadot.gov or download the Iowa DOT’s CDL Self-certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate Brochure.

Source: Iowa Department of Transportation