May 3, 2021
Commercial driver license (CDL) holders will continue to receive paper Medical Examiner’s Certificates and file them with DMV for four more years before the nation transitions to electronic filing.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed extending the June 22, 2021, deadline for compliance with the National Registry II final rule to June 23, 2025. This will give the FMCSA and state driver license agencies more time to finish the computer system changes needed for the new MEC registry procedures.
This proposal means that through June 22, 2025:
- Certified Medical Examiners would continue issuing paper MECs to qualified commercial learner permit (CLP) and CDL holders and applicants.
- CLP and CDL applicants and holders would continue to provide their state driver license agency a copy of their paper MEC.
- Motor carriers would continue verifying that drivers were certified by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
- State driver license agencies would continue processing copies of paper MECs.
More information in the Federal Register: FMCSA Extension-of-compliance-dates-for-medical-examiners-certification-integration
As a reminder
The federal and state grace period for commercial drivers to file a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) with DMV will end this spring, but no sooner than June 1.
The MEC grace period has been in place since March 2020 as one of several motor carrier safety regulation waivers to help the trucking industry continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current federal waiver will expire May 31, 2021, and though the FMCSA has not announced a decision, it has indicated it will not extend the grace period for filing MECs.
The Oregon waiver also will end this spring under a proposed administrative rule change that the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to review at its May meeting. The targeted effective date of the state rule change is June 1.
If you do not have a current MEC on file with DMV, please schedule your medical examination as soon as possible and file it with DMV. You can file it online at DMV2U.oregon.gov under Notify the DMV.
More information on the MEC requirement in Oregon and how to submit it to DMV: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/driverid/cdlmedex.aspx
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