RALEIGH —In a continuing effort to help North Carolina’s commercial motor vehicle drivers comply with the federal requirement to certify the type of driving they perform by January 30, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is adding additional staff resources, phone lines and fax numbers.
“To be successful in our goal to input CDL documentation before the January 30 deadline, we are making extra efforts to assist callers and provide additional ways for them to contact NCDMV,” said Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. “We need the continued support and cooperation of North Carolina’s commercial drivers to keep them in compliance and on the roads delivering products and equipment.”
Drivers with commercial North Carolina licenses are required to fill out a self-certification form and, if they are a non-excepted driver, they must send a copy of their medical certification card to NCDMV by the January 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, faxed or scanned and emailed to a special DMV address or turned in to any driver license office.
More than 312,000 North Carolina drivers hold commercial licenses. Commercial drivers must provide medical information that they are certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. However, drivers will be required to continue to carry paper copies of their medical cards through January 2015 to protect against being cited for violations.
During the past two years, NCDMV has 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.
Commercial 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. Documentation may be faxed to the following numbers: (919) 861-3990, (919) 861-3535 or (919) 733-0126.