RALEIGH — An upcoming requirement for commercial drivers aimed at making the roads safer will go into effect Jan. 30, 2014. That’s when the state’s commercial drivers must meet a federal regulation to report to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Commercial drivers who don’t meet the deadline could risk losing their privilege to drive any vehicle in the state.
Since the regulation became effective in 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided two years for commercial drivers to certify whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV by the 2014 deadline.
NCDMV supplies information and a special Form CDL-MED-1 on its website to help drivers report and certify their driving. The form should be signed, scanned and emailed to a special DMV address or turned in to any driver license office.
If NCDMV does not receive the required information from a commercial driver, the Division will notify the driver that he/she is no longer medically certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Drivers will have 30 days to respond, or their entire North Carolina driving privilege will be cancelled.
More than 312,000 North Carolina drivers hold commercial licenses. As the January deadline approaches, NCDMV is sending notices to the remaining 197,000 drivers who have not yet reported. During the past two years, NCDMV notified CDL holders about the requirement with their license renewals, in the state’s Commercial Driver’s Manual and on the DMV website. Additional reminders were distributed through the N.C. Trucking Association and other groups.
Drivers must continue to provide a copy of their medical card to their employer and carry a copy with them at all times. Commercial drivers with questions about complying with the requirement should call (919) 861-3599.