Who can perform FMCSA medical examinations for CMV drivers?
FMCSA’s current regulations require that all MEs be licensed, certified, and/or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations. This includes but is not limited to doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and doctors of chiropractic.
MEs must be knowledgeable of the specific physical and mental demands associated with operating a CMV and the requirements of Section 391.43(c), including the medical advisory criteria prepared by the FMCSA as guidelines to aid the medical examiner in making the individual determination whether a driver should be issued a medical certificate, and be proficient in following the medical protocols necessary to adequately perform the medical examination.
Beginning May 21, 2014, all MEs who wish to conduct medical examinations for interstate CMV drivers must complete training about FMCSA’s physical qualifications regulations and advisory criteria and pass a certification test to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. All medical certificates issued on or after this date must be issued by examiners listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
What do I have to do to become a certified ME?
To become certified as a ME, you must complete the necessary training and pass the certification test required by FMCSA. In order to take the certification test, you must first register through the National Registry web site and receive a unique identification number. You will provide your unique identification number to the testing organization that you select from the list of approved testing organizations on the National Registry web site.
CMV drivers in interstate commerce must use MEs listed on the National Registry to obtain a medical certificate beginning May 21, 2014. Medical certificates issued prior to this date are valid until the expiration date. Contact information for the MEs is available online at the National Registry web site to drivers who wish to obtain a CMV driver physical examination.
How can a healthcare professional obtain more information about the National Registry?
Go to the National Registry website and read the information provided. For ongoing updates, register for the National Registry Listserv by selecting the link.
When will a ME be required to complete a training program?
Compliance Date: May 21, 2014 — All CMV drivers seeking a medical certificate must use a ME on the National Registry.
ME Registration Date: Aug. 20, 2012 — MEs may register at the National Registry website and receive their unique identification number that will be used to sign up for the mandatory testing.
How do MEs find training and testing organizations?
For information on courses, visit the National Registry website and go to the training and testing section for more information.