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 New Medical Certification Requirements - A Guide for CDL Holders

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Self–Certification Categories and Medical Certification Requirements

Effective January 30, 2012, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will be enacting new procedures for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders in order to comply with requirements recently adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

These new procedures require all CDL holders to declare a self-certification category relating to their type of commerce, and provide a valid updated medical certification (Med Cert) information to the MVA throughout their licensing period (where required). The MVA will add the medical certification status and the information from the medical certification documents (DOT card, waiver/exemption if required) to your commercial driving record.

All CDL holders are required to comply with these requirements no later than January 30, 2014.  You DO NOT need to submit your medical certification (MED CERT) information or declare a self-certification category with the MVA until you have been directly contacted by the Administration.  If you are contacted by the MVA to provide them with this documentation and you fail to do so within the time frame indicated, your entire driver’s privilege/license both commercial and noncommercial will be cancelled.  However, if you visit a MVA branch office to renew or obtain a duplicate, corrected or new CDL, you will be required to present valid Med Cert documentation at that time.  You must also declare a self-certification category relating to the type of commerce.  More information can be found at CDL Medical/Physical Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions.

For your reference, below is a brief explanation of the self-certification categories and the related medical certification requirements.

Self-Certification Categories

All CDL holders will be required to select one of the categories listed below. :

  • NON-EXCEPTED INTERSTATE (NI) - Operates in interstate commerce and meets the qualification requirements under federal regulation 49 CFR part 391.
    • Drivers are qualified to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines and/or to carry cargo that originates in another state or country.  May have an accompanying federal exemption or a skill performance evaluation (SPE). Most drivers fall in this category.
    • Drivers in this category will be required to provide updated medical certification documents to the MVA throughout their licensing period. Medical certification status and DOT card information is posted to commercial driving record. Failure to supply the MVA with updated information may result in the cancellation of  their entire commercial and noncommercial driver's privilege/license.
  • NON-EXCEPTED INTRASTATE (NA) - Operates only in intrastate commerce and is subject to State qualifications and requirements.
    • Is only qualified to drive a commercial vehicle within the state of Maryland. May have a Maryland Intrastate Waiver.
    • Drivers in this category will be required to supply a valid medical documentation when applying for a new CDL, renewing a CDL or obtaining a duplicate/corrected CDL. Additionally, drivers may be required to provide the MVA with updated information when contacted by the Administration.
  • EXCEPTED INTERSTATE (EI) - Operates in interstate commerce, but engages exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR 390.3 (f), 391.2, 391.68 or 398.3**
    • Maryland requires drivers in this category to supply valid medical documentation when applying for a new CDL, renewing a CDL or obtaining a duplicate/corrected CDL.
    • Drivers in this category will be required to maintain valid medical certification throughout their licensing period. HOWEVER, they are only required to update medical certification information with the MVA when requested by the Administration.
  • EXCEPTED INTRASTATE (EA) - Operates only in intrastate commerce, but engages exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from certain driver qualification requirements.
    • Maryland requires drivers in this category to supply valid medical documentation when applying for a new CDL, renewing a CDL or obtaining a duplicate/corrected CDL. Drivers are authorized to operate a commercial motor vehicle only within Maryland.
    • Drivers in this category will be required to maintain valid medical certification throughout their licensing period. HOWEVER, they are only required to update medical certification information with the MVA when requested by the Administration.

**Examples of Excepted Interstate commerce:

  • To transport school children and/or school staff between home and school;
  • As Federal, State or local government employees;
  • To transport human corpses or sick or injured persons;
  • Fire truck or rescue vehicle drivers during emergencies and other related activities;
  • Primarily in the transportation of propane winter heating fuel when responding to an emergency  condition requiring immediate response such as damage to a propane gas system after a storm or flooding;
  • In response to a pipeline emergency  condition requiring immediate response such as a pipeline leak or rupture;
  • In custom harvesting on a farm or to transport farm machinery and supplies used in the custom harvesting operation to and from a farm or to transport custom harvested crops to storage or market;
  • Beekeeper in the seasonal transportation of bees;
  • Controlled and operated by a farmer, but is not a combination vehicle (power unit and towed unit), and is used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies (no “placard” hazardous materials) to and from a farm and within 150 air-miles of the farm;
  • As a private motor carrier of passengers for non-business purposes ; or
  • To transport migrant workers.

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