New regulations require all commercial driver license (CDL) holders who operate for interstate commerce to keep their current medical examiner’s certificates on file with us. To confirm who has to keep a medical certificate on file, all CDL holders must self-certify in person between January 30, 2012 and January 30, 2014.
To learn more about these new requirements and how to self-certify, see Medical certificates and self-certification.
All commercial drivers must meet minimum medical standards established by federal regulations. Drivers are required to have a valid physical examination card in their possession any time they’re operating a commercial vehicle.
If you don’t meet the medical requirements but your condition is stable and you have a CDL, you can apply for a medical waiver for intrastate and/or interstate driving.
Interstate medical waivers are processed by FMCSA Medical Programs in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Drivers with the following conditions may be eligible to apply for an interstate waiver: