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DDS Initiates New Medical Certification Requirements for CDL Holders

2/6/2012
CDL Drivers are Required to Provide Medical Certification
 
Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is now adding Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders’ medical certification status and the information on the medical examiner’s certificate (DOT Card) to each commercial driver’s personal driving record. This change is to comply with new Federal Medical Certification Requirements.
 
Since January 30, 2012, customers who apply for a CDL; renew a CDL; apply for a higher class of CDL or transfer a CDL from another state are required to self certify on a “Commercial Driver Self-Certification Form (DDS Form 1207)” either Interstate (state to state) or Intrastate (within one state) commerce. There are exemptions for each category. However, the self-certification form still must be submitted to DDS even if the medical information is not required.
 
Those certifying in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce must also provide their medical documentation to DDS where it will be added to each driver’s personal driving history. Failure to present valid medical documentation will result in the denial of the issuance or renewal of the CDL. Failure to maintain current medical documentation on file with DDS may result in CDL disqualification.
 
The Process
Forms for individual customers may be submitted by faxing a copy of your self certification form and medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice (if applicable) to (770) 918-6251. Submissions via fax must be for individual customers.
 
Submission of documentation for multiple customers may be sent by mail. Please include copies of each medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice (if applicable) and self-certification form to:
 
Department of Driver Services (DDS)
Attention: RM-CDL
Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013
 
All documentation may also be submitted in person at any DDS Customer Service Center (CSC).
 
For Employers
DDS is proactively working with Georgia employers to expedite the certification for their eligible drivers. Companies with a limited number of CDL driver’s may mail or fax the information as detailed above to be added to the driver’s individual driving record. For more information, employers may request assistance by calling (678) 413-8400 or 1-(866) 754-3687 inside Georgia but outside the metro Atlanta area.
 
For Drivers
The DDS will be sending notices to CDL drivers encouraging them to submit the required information. The DDS will also send a courtesy notice to inform CDL holders that the Medical Examiner’s Certificate on record is nearing expiration. 
 
Non-Compliance
Drivers whose medical examiner’s certificate or variance expires before providing DDS with a new one will be notified by DDS that they are no longer medical certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. All CDL privileges will be removed from their license. 
 
To restore CDL privileges, the customer must obtain a new medical examiner’s certificate and/or variances and provide to DDS. Failure to provide valid medical certification and/or variances may require retesting and additional fees to restore CDL privileges.     For more information, please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.