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FMCSA Announces Delay of Rule Involving Driver Medical Cards

June 15, 2018 - A new federal rule due for implementation in June that would eliminate the need for truck drivers to carry their medical cards has been delayed for three years due to a hack of the registry of certified medical examiners in December.


In an April 26 announcement, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule, due to go into effect June 22, will not require compliance until June 22, 2021.


The final integration rule specifically requires FMCSA to electronically transmit from the national registry to state driver licensing agencies the driver identification information, examination results and restriction information from examinations performed for holders of learner permits and commercial driver licenses.


It also requires the agency to transmit electronically to state licensing agencies the medical variance information for all commercial vehicle drivers and post driver identification, examination results and restriction information received electronically from FMCSA.


Despite the delay, the agency said that beginning June 2, certified medical examiners still will be required to report results of all completed CMV drivers’ medical examinations to FMCSA (and those where the driver was found not to be qualified) by midnight of the next calendar day after the examination but must continue issuing the original medical certification to qualified drivers.


Although the online registry remains down, FMCSA said earlier this month that health care professionals still can get listed on the registry and that a static look-up function allows licensing agencies and employers to check the validity of medical cards.


The agency has yet to identify the nature of the registry breach, nor has it predicted when the registry might return to functionality.


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