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As a certified Medical Examiner for the US Department of Transportation, I have been trained, tested and certified to perform medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in interstate commerce. I fully understand the medical standards in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Regulations, related guidance and how they relate to the medical demands of operating a commercial motor vehicle. 

What is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners?

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a Federal program that establishes requirements for healthcare professionals that perform physical qualification examinations for truck and bus drivers. To become a certified medical examiner (ME) and be listed on the National Registry, healthcare professionals must complete training and testing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) physical qualifications standards and guidelines. The National Registry program is necessary to ensure that medical examiners can effectively determine if your physical qualification meets FMCSA’s standards. The National Registry program will help reduce the occurrence of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses by making sure you are physically and mentally able to perform your job safely.

How Often Do I Have to Obtain a Medical Certificate?

All interstate CMV drivers must have a physical examination at least every 2 years; however, the medical examiner may determine that you need more frequent examinations (for example, annually or every 6 months). The National Registry program does not change how often you need to obtain a medical examination; it only requires that you go to a certified medical examiner.