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CDL Drivers - New Medical Certification Process

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR CDL DRIVERS

Effective Immediately! The Department of Driver Services (DDS) will only accept CDL Self Certifications in person at a Customer Service Center.

 

MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND VARIANCES CAN BE UPLOADED ONLINE?

 

The DDS will no longer accept self-certification documents by fax, mail or online. Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders, licensed in Georgia, can enter and update medical documentation online. To start the process click on the button below:

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below, your commercial driver status is: EXCEPTED (E):

Yes No
Drive a school bus    
Transport for a federal government, state or political subdivision    
Occasionally transport personal property (Personal use)    
Drive a fire truck or rescue vehicle    
Drive for custom farm harvesting operations    
Drive a private motor carrier of passengers for non-business purposes    
Transport human corpses, sick or injured persons    
Drive a 9-15 passenger van (<26,001 pounds)    
Drive a non-combination vehicle controlled and operated by a farmer (no hazardous materials)    
Provide emergency delivery of propane    
Transport migrant workers    
Transport bees seasonally as a Beekeeper     

 

If you drive for any other reason than those listed above, your commercial driver status is NON-EXCEPTED(N):

DO YOU DRIVE INTRASTATE (A) OR INTERSTATE (I)? CONSIDER THE BULLET POINTS BELOW:
INTRASTATE (A)
  • Drive inside the state of GA only AND the cargo on your vehicle is from inside the state of GA and will not leave the state of GA
INTERSTATE (I)
  • If you drive from the state of GA to any other State or foreign country; OR
  • If you move cargo in the state of GA that came from another state; OR
  • If your cargo will be moved to another state or foreign country

 

Based on your answers above, you must certify one of the four (4) following categories:

  1. Non-excepted Interstate (NI) - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and am required to maintain federal medical certification. (Medical Certificate/Card Required)
  2. Non-excepted Intrastate (NA) - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce and am required to meet FMCSA driver qualification requirements. (Medical Certificate/Card Required)
  3. Excepted Interstate (EI) - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce, but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from the requirement to maintain federal medical certification.
  4. Excepted Intrastate (EA) - I operate or expect to operate only in a city, county, state or federal vehicle only, and I am exempt from the FMCSA driver qualification requirements.

You must keep your medical certification up-to-date unless you are eligible to certify into an excepted category.

The DDS encourages CDL drivers to keep a copy of their valid medical information with them at all times.

  • If you have questions about the Self-Certification process, please view the FAQs.
  • To read more about the new Medical Certification Federal Requirement visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/medical/medical.htm
  • To update your CDL self-certification category please visit a DDS Customer Service Center near you.
  • To view and update the medical document information currently on file with the DDS, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, Online Services and log into your online account; or create an online account if you do not have one.

Submitting your documents is easy.

Document Type:

Upload Online At:

www.dds.ga.gov

Create an online account to upload documents.

Fax To:

(770) 918-6271

Individual customers only

Mail To:

Department of Driver Serivces

Attn:  RM-CDL           P.O. Box 80447         Conyers, GA 30013

Individual and multiple customer submissions

Submit In-Person:

At your nearest DDS Customer Service Center

Visit www.dds.ga.gov to find the center nearest you.

Self-Certification NO NO NO Yes

Valid Medical Certificate and/or Medical Variance

Yes Yes Yes Yes

For assistance, please call the DDS Customer Contact Center at (678) 413-8400.

Latest Medical Certification Updates from FMCSA: http://www.dds.ga.gov/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=346

Additional Information:

COMMERCIAL DRIVER SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM DS 1207

NEW FMCSA MEDICAL REGISTRY REQUIREMENTS

Flyer/Poster

FAQs

Last Updated On: 3/2/2016