Letters tell drivers they face license downgrade if not certified
RALEIGH -With more than 59,000 letters hitting the mail today, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is making a final push to reach out to North Carolina CDL drivers who have not yet complied with the federal requirement to certify the type of driving they do with NCDMV.
Since Jan. 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has required all CDL holders to certify to NCDMV whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV. Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical cards through January 2015 for review by federal or state inspectors on the roadside or to protect against being cited for violations.
"With this letter, we are doing everything we can to remind our state's commercial drivers that they must meet this federal requirement," said Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. "Ensuring that every active CDL holder is current and qualified is my number one priority. With their support, we will accomplish this essential task."
About 316,000 North Carolina drivers hold commercial licenses. To date, more than 256,000 drivers have reported their medical status to NCDMV. Commercial drivers must provide medical information that they are certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle or their North Carolina commercial driving privilege will be downgraded, allowing them to drive a Class C regular motor vehicle only.
NCDMV supplies information and a special Form CDL-MED-1 on its website to help drivers report and certify their driving. The form should be signed, scanned and emailed to a special DMV address or turned in to any driver license office. Documentation may also be faxed to the following numbers: (919) 861-3915, (919) 861-3990, (919) 861-3535 or (919) 733-0126.
Commercial drivers must continue to provide a copy of their medical card to their employer and carry a copy with them at all times. Commercial drivers with questions about complying with the requirement should call (919) 861-3599.