ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles CDL Holders


New Federal Regulations for CDL Holders - Effective 1/30/12

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.


All CDL holders who self-certify Non-Excepted Interstate and submit a MECert are required to keep a valid medical card on file or modify the self-certification on file if their type of driving has changed.

The Ohio BMV will send a notice approximately 60 days prior to the medical card expiration to inform CDL holders that their medical card is nearing expiration. If a new medical card is not provided, the Ohio BMV will mail a notice to the CDL holder indicating the MECert is expired.

Once the medical card expires, the driver is no longer eligible to operate a commercial motor vehicle. In order to become eligible to drive a commercial motor vehicle, the operator must submit a valid medical card or change their self-certification. If a valid medical card or change of self-certification is not submitted within 60 days, the CDL privileges will be cancelled. The CDL privileges will remain cancelled until the operator submits a valid medical card or change of self-certification form or downgrade to an operator's (Class D) license.

All notices will be sent to the address on record. Please be sure to keep the address on file up-to-date to ensure all notices are received.

Frequently Asked Questions

View commonly asked questions (FAQs) before contacting your local BMV for more information. Additional FAQs are available at fmcsa.dot.gov.

How to Submit Forms

The medical examiner certificate (MECert) can be submitted to the Ohio BMV a number of different ways:

By mail:
Ohio BMV
CDL/Out-of-State Processing
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784

By fax: (614) 308-5181
By e-mail: cdl@dps.ohio.gov

Please allow up to 5 business days for processing of forms submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.

For same day service:  Submit completed forms to a Regional Service Center: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please click here for a complete list of locations.
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Submit completed forms to your local Deputy Registrar.  A deputy registrar fee ($3.50) will be charged for processing Medical Cards or changes in self-certification if no other license transaction is processed.

Medical Examiners Certificate

The medical examiners certificate can be found online at fmcsa.dot.gov.
The Ohio BMV and Deputy Registrars do not have the form available.

All fields must be complete in order for the form to be acceptable. If a MECert is incomplete or not legible, a delay in processing will occur. Whenever possible, the Ohio BMV will mail a rejection letter indicating the reason it could not be processed.

Common reasons for rejection of a MECert:

          • Illegible handwriting by the medical examiner or driver.
          • Missing information, such as phone numbers.
          • Issued for more than two years. The MECert cannot be issued for more than 2 years. The expiration date cannot be more than 2 years from the date of examination indicated on the form. Expiration dates must indicate a specific date. The term "2 years" or "6 months" is not acceptable.
          • incorrect driver license number.


Any CDL holder submitting a medical card (MECert) that indicates a waiver/exemption or Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate is required must submit additional documents to the Ohio BMV.

If the MECert indicates a waiver/exemption is required it must be accompanied by a diabetes/vision exemption certificate provided by the FMCSA.

If the MECert indicates a SPE certificate is required, the MECert must be accompanied by the SPE certificate provided by the FMCSA.

Any MECert submitted to the Ohio BMV without the required additional forms will be rejected. A rejection letter indicating the reason it could not be processed will be mailed to notify the driver.