As you may know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently amended their regulations to require people who have, or who are seeking a commercial driver license, to self-certify the type of driving they engage in or expect to engage in to their state’s licensing agency. Additionally, all commercial driver license (CDL) holders, subject to the physical qualification requirements of the FMCSRs, must provide a current copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to their state driver licensing agency. These provisions were signed into state law on January 27, 2012
Current CDL permit holders, Out-of State CDL transferees, and people seeking a CDL on or after Jan. 30 will be required to meet the provisions of the new law when testing, applying for a permit or transferring a CDL from another state.
Beginning Jan. 30, 2012, when submitting commercial test results to PennDOT for processing, please include a completed Self-Certification Form (DL-11CD) along with the DL-402CD and DL-403CD. In addition, drivers who self-certify on the DL-11CD that their driving type is “Non-excepted Interstate” or “Non-excepted Intrastate” are also required to submit a copy of their valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) along with the Self-Certification Form (DL-11CD). (Drivers will be required to continue carrying the MEC until 2014.) Unless the required information is submitted along with the commercial test results, the examinee will not be issued an upgraded CDL. If you have any questions relating to this updated process, please contact me via email or (717) 787-4219.
Additionally, PENNDOT will begin notifying existing CDL holders by letter in March of the requirements. Failure to complete and submit the self-certification form or to provide a copy of a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (if required) by the due date listed in the notice will result in their commercial driver license being downgraded, meaning that they will lose their commercial designation and only be authorized to drive non-commercial vehicles. Drivers who have their license downgraded will be required to go through the entire commercial learner’s permit process to regain their commercial driving privilege.
Attached is a Self-Certification/Medical Examiner’s Certification Fact Sheet regarding the new law, a copy of the Self-Certification Form (DL-11 CD), and the Notification Schedule for Existing CDL Holders. Further information is available on PENNDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site, www.dmv.state.pa.us, by clicking on the “New CDL Law 2012” button.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
Timothy D Schaffner | Manager
PA Department of Transportation
Bureau of Driver Licensing | CDL Third Party Testing
1101 South Front Street | Harrisburg, PA 17104
Phone: 717-787-4219 | Fax: 717-705-1131