Attention MN Commercial Drivers: You Could Lose Commercial Driving Privileges if Not Certified by January 2014
In a press release from the MN Department of Safety they state that 46% of commercial drivers are currently not compliant with federal and state regulations and could lose commercial driving privileges. If you drive commercially for a living you need to read this information and pass it on to others in your company. This includes school bus, semi-tractor trailer and garbage truck drivers.
The press release states that approximately 115,000 (46 percent) of Minnesota’s 250,000 Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders have not provided self-certification of their commercial driving status and, in some cases, proper medical documentation.
Non-exempt interstate and intrastate drivers must provide a current medical examiner’s certification along with any waivers required to maintain commercial driver status. Exempt interstate and intrastate drivers do not need to provide a medical examiner’s certificate but do need to complete a self-certification form. The deadline to provide all documentation is Jan. 30, 2014.
CDL holders not in compliance on Jan. 30, 2014, will be downgraded to a Class D license, leaving most drivers unable to legally engage in inter- or intrastate commercial driving.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) is in the process of sending letters to all CDL holders in Minnesota reminding them to complete their self-certification.
To Self-Certify CDL holders need to:
- Check the status of the driver’s license online [here]. If “Self-cert” is not listed, then a Self-Certification form must be submitted.
- Complete the Commercial Driver License Medical Self-Certification Form (PS33203)
- If a CDL driver certifies that they are subject to medical examination requirements, they must provide a copy of their Medical Examination Report (PS30158) and any required waiver (Insulin-treated diabetes, vision, seizure/loss of consciousness, limb impairment).
- Submit a completed self-certification form and, if applicable, a current medical examiner’s certificate, to DVS via mail, fax or in person to any driver exam station or driver license office.
CDL drivers can also call (651) 205-4908.