A reminder to all CDL holders - as of January 30, 2012, new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
began to require all CDL holders to self-certify their expected type of commercial driving to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) prior to any issuance of a commercial driver license (CDL). If a CDL holder self-certifies Non-Excepted Interstate, the driver must also submit a completed medical examiners certificate (MECert). The MECert is also known as a “DOT card” or “med card”. It is the card many CDL holders are already required to carry at all times when driving commercial motor vehicles.
All CDL drivers must self-certify in one of four categories no later than January 30, 2014. A description of the categories can be found by viewing form BMV2159
. All CDL holders will be asked to certify their type of driving upon issuance of a CDL at their local Deputy Registrar. If the CDL holder is required to carry a MECert, the card will need to be provided to the Deputy Registrar, if not already on file with the Ohio BMV. If the medical card is not presented or on file with the BMV, a return trip to the Deputy Registrar may be necessary for the issuance of the CDL.
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