Post Content

RMV_LogoMassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles today announced it is extending the January 30 deadline for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s requirement that CDL & Commercial Permit holders provide their licensing jurisdiction with their self-certification information and a copy of the US DOT Medical Certificate.

The deadline has been extended by 90 days to April 30, 2014.

“I understand that a CDL is a professional license and our CDL drivers depend on the license for their livelihood,” said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian. “This extension will allow for an orderly completion of the federal requirement and will not unduly burden our drivers.”

As of mid-January, approximately 100,000 of the 145,000 CDL holders in Massachusetts had self-certified.  More than 13,000 completed their self-certification online at MassRMV.com. CDL holders are encouraged to complete this process online as soon as possible.

This requirement is the result of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule intended to improve highway safety by insuring that only medically qualified drivers are operating on our highways. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles began accepting driver self-certifications and copies of US DOT Medical Certificates in August 2012.

The RMV has made compliance with this rule easy for drivers from the convenience of their home computer.  Visit our web site, www.MassRMV.com and select ‘Online Services’.  Scroll down to ‘Other’. Select Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Self-Certification. If a driver is providing the Registry with a US DOT Medical Certificate, they must have a copy scanned to their computer as a JPG or PDF file before beginning the transaction. The customer will be asked to upload to the Registry the US DOT Medical Certificate within the transaction.

Additionally, drivers are encouraged to check the status of their self-certification at MassRMV.com.  For a driver to verify their license status including self-certification, visit our web site and select ‘Online Services’.  Scroll down to ‘Check My Status’. Select ‘License Permit Status’.Enter the authentication information requested, and they will be able to see their license status and their current self-certification status.

Failure to complete driver self-certification by April 30, 2014, or failure to re-certify by the self-certification expiration date thereafter, will result in the downgrade of the driver’s CDL to a Class D License.

Drivers are advised that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announcement of January 10, 2014 only extends the date that drivers must carry a physical copy of their US DOT Medical Certificate with them for an additional year, until January 30, 2015.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: Tips for Night Time Driving posted on Jan 21

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: Tips for Night Time Driving

Winter driving is not only challenging due to icy and snowy conditions. It is also dark for more hours of the day than it is light. With up to nearly 15 hours per day in darkness, it’s dark during part of the morning and evening   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: Tips for Night Time Driving

Weekend Winter Weather Advisory posted on Jan 18

Weekend Winter Weather Advisory

MassDOT is advising the public that the National Weather Service is predicting that snow will develop across the state from west to east on Saturday afternoon. Snowfall is expected to be heaviest across the northwestern part of the state, where several inches are possible. The   …Continue Reading Weekend Winter Weather Advisory

Holiday Weekend Travel, Services Advisory posted on Jan 17

Holiday Weekend Travel, Services Advisory

During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, MassDOT is reminding the public to be alert while traveling, aware of holiday work restrictions and mindful of roadway conditions. “Drivers traveling throughout this holiday weekend are reminded to focus on getting to their destinations safely,” said   …Continue Reading Holiday Weekend Travel, Services Advisory