Enforcement procedures for fed med cards at roadside
Transport Safety Risk Management & Security Newsletter
When a driver pulls up to a weigh station for a roadside inspection, officers will use enforcement bulletins and other procedures produced by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to ensure regulations are enforced consistently between jurisdictions.
CVSA’s enforcement bulletin on the Medical Examiner’s Certificate Integration with the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) specifies certain actions on the part of the officer depending on the circumstances. This inspection bulletin specifically addresses the CDL and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) as they relate to the medical status being tied to the license.
The roadside inspection officer will retrieve the CDL or CLP driver’s record through:
Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), a nationwide computer system that state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) transmit, share, and receive data on CDL and CLP drivers for a complete driving record; or
Nlets, a network of state, local, and federal law enforcement, justice, and public safety agencies. The agencies share and exchange critical information.
If the report indicates the driver is medically qualified, this satisfies Section 391.41(a)(1), and the CDL or CLP holder may operate any kind of commercial motor vehicle (CMV), CDL and non-CDL alike. Note that a non-CDL driver must carry a copy of the medical card since the SDLA are not monitoring the driver’s medical status.
Actions to be taken by enforcement
The following table details how the officer should respond to the CDLIS or Nlets network report:
If the driving report shows:
CDL is valid with medical information on file
CDL is valid with no medical information on file and the driver does not have a medical certificate in possession
Cite Section 391.41(a)(1)
CDL is valid with no medical information on file and the driver has a current, valid medical certificate in possession issued within the past 60 days
CDL is valid with no medical information on file and the driver has a current, valid medical certificate issued 61 days or greater
Cite Section 383.71(h). Driver is NOT placed out of service (OOS)
CDL is not valid (e.g., canceled, downgraded, disqualified, revoked, suspended, etc.)
Cite Section 383.23(a)(2) and place the driver OOS
If the driver has a downgraded license and is carrying a current medical card — but claims he or she submitted a medical certificate to the state — the driver must work with the licensing state to get it straightened out. The CDL is not currently active based on the driver report, and enforcement is bound by the official record.
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