Drivers will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers CDLs, FMCSA is expected to announce this week. The change will come into effect a year later than intended, as FMCSA delayed the effective date last January because some state licensing agencies werent up to speed on the changes. However, drivers have been required since Jan. 30, 2012, to self report their operating status and provide their medical certificate to their state licensing agency upon renewal of their medical certification. So, presumably, the CDL-medical certification has already occurred for most drivers. MTA recommends that you tell your driver's to continue to carry the med cards and copies of the CDL/Med Card merge receipt until further notice as some states are still not in complete compliance.

January 29, 2015