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SOME CHANGES TO DOT PHYSICAL FORM IN EFFECT AS OF DECEMBER 22
A final rule published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last April contained some changes in the medical examination regulations. The new requirements will be in force as of December 22, 2015, affecting Medical Examination Report (MER) Form MCSA-5875 and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form MCSA-5876. Any results from examinations conducted on or after the December 22nd date must be reported using the revised electronic CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form MCSA-5850, entered on the National Registry. When examination results are electronically entered, the National Registry system will automatically present the medical examiner with the revised version of the MCSA-5850. Up until June 22, 2018, FMCSA advises that drivers will only have to carry their exam certificate for 15 days after their physicals for proof of medical certification, because after that 15-day period, law enforcement should have the records in a database they can access at roadside. After June 22, 2018, drivers won’t have to carry medical examiner’s certificates at all because the MEs will have to submit exam results by midnight of the day the exam is conducted, and the results will be available to law enforcement immediately.