New FMCSA Initiative – Driver Medical Card Validation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and itsState partners will be conducting random verifications of driverMedical Examiner’s Certificates (MEC) during enforcementactivities. The purpose of these validations is to obtain verbalconfirmation that the medical examination was conducted and theinformation on the Medical Examination Certificate is accurate. Itis not to evaluate the driver’s medical fitness to operate aCMV.
We will take the following steps to validate the authenticity ofMECs:
1. Contact the Medical Examiner’s (ME) office at the telephonenumber indicated on the certificate;
2. Explain the inquiry’s purpose and indicate that it isintended solely to confirm that the document presented by thedriver matches the records maintained by the ME. Direct contactwith the actual ME is not required – an authorized staff member mayprovide the requested information; and
3. Provide the driver’s name and date of birth, the date ofissuance of the MEC and any restrictions indicated thereon andrequest verbal confirmation of the information provided.
The FMCSA appreciates the MEs’ cooperation in our effort toeliminate the use of fraudulent MECs and to keep medicallyunqualified drivers off our nation’s highways.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Medical Review Board Website: www.mrb.fmcsa.dot.gov
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website: www.nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov