Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than what is required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. Hence, CDL drivers are held to a higher standard when operating any type of motor vehicle on public roads. The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) is a nationwide computer system that enables state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) to ensure that each commercial driver has only one driver’s license and one complete driver record. State driver licensing agencies use CDLIS to complete various procedures. This coming year the following regulations will take effect:
- Jan 3, 2015 – States must begin enforcing the cell phone prohibition/restriction final rule. For more info: Mobile_Phone_Rule_Fact_Sheet.pdf
- Jan 30, 2015 – States must begin enforcing the regulation that paper copies of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate are only valid for the first 15 days after their issuance. As of this date, State driver licensing agencies will be adding medical self-certification status and the information on medical examiner’s certificate to the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) record. All commercial drivers engaging in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (ME Certificate).Commercial drivers who drive vehicles requiring a CDL have two additional requirements. On or before January 30, 2015, all CDL holders must declare to their State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA) that they only operate or expect to operate commercially in 1 of 4 possible categories with their CDL. This process is called self-certification.
For more information, view the following: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/medical or http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/state-state-instructions-submitting-medical-certificates-0
- July 8, 2015 – States must start enforcing all provisions of the CDL Testing and CLP (Commercial Lines Permit) Standards final rule. For more information: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/states
- July 8, 2015 – States must implement Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) 5.3 into production no later than this date.
- Sept 30, 2015 – States must be in compliance with all CDL requirements (MAP-21, Section 32305). The MAP-21 stipulations are aimed at state agencies’ notifications and record-keeping of testing, licensing, violations, convictions and disqualifications. The DOT is requiring all states to submit a report prior to Nov. 13, 2014 addressing actions they plan to take to address any deficiencies in their commercial driver’s license program, as identified by the DOT in the most recent audit of the program. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license