Indiana CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Indiana CDL Requirements

All Indiana CDL holders are required to be medically qualified to drive a CMV by the means of a valid DOT medical certificate.

Interstate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.


Self Certification

The new process requires you to certify to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles the type of commercial motor vehicle you operate, or intend to operate, as well as acknowledge that you are required to meet the medical requirements for that CDL.

Letters were sent to Indiana CDL drivers who had not completed the new self-certification process as of January 14, 2013.
If you received a letter, but you have recently completed a CDL transaction in a branch, you do not need to do anything more.
If you have received this letter and completed a CDL transaction after January 14, 2013, you have already completed the process.

However, if you haven’t received the letter, you should…

Do a Self Certification online.

  • You will need to create a “myBMV” account, if you do not already have one.
  • You do not need to submit your medical certificate when you self certify. This information is already on file from when you where issued your CDL.
    You may use the automated system to verify that your medical certificate is on file by calling 888-692-6841.


Medical Certificate Renewal

To keep your CDL valid, you must pass a new physical examination prior to the expiration of your current physical.

Submit the completed physical examination form – i.e. All pages of the long form and the medical card…

By Mail:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: CDL Programs
100 N Senate Ave
IGCN, Room N 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204

By Fax:

In Person:
Drop document off at any BMV branch.


Other Information:
Link for Indiana CDL Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:  If you have questions regarding your physical or want to know the status of your physical, please contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 888-692-6841.  This automated service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Special Information Updates  – JANUARY 2015 – Pertaining To ALL STATES


The FMCSA has requested that all medical examiners continue providing drivers with a paper copy of the medical certificate so that Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders can provide a copy to the State licensing agency, and the non-CDL drivers can provide the documentation to their employers and Federal and State enforcement officials.

The Agency is currently completing efforts to put into place an electronic system to enable medical examiners to transmit the medical certificate information from the National Registry system to the State licensing agencies. However, until that system is completed, medical examiners must continue to issue paper copies of the medical certificates to drivers who pass the medical exam.


Commercial Drivers – You still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until FMCSA announces that this is no longer necessary.

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  1. Richard Jablonski says

    I have my CDL license I have had it for about 5 to 6 years now and I was recently told because of one of the medications that I’ve been done for over 10 to 12 years now its a narcotic and I am NOT able to renew my physical examination is there anything I can do to get an exception to this rule

    • says

      Download a medical release form and take it to your primary doctor. Have him explain the needs and usage of the medications that you are taking. That answers most of the questions that the CME will have regarding a medication that you have been taking for years.

  2. Janet Tavernier says

    My son was told that he now has to see a PCP and get a sleep apnea test within 3 months because the female doctor he saw tonight said that he is overweight and must be falling asleep at the wheel. He has lost weight over the last 2 DOT ‘s he has had done and exhibits no sign of sleep apnea. I know this because I am a LPN. Can they make him do that?

  3. Vickie Bosnich says

    How much time does a CMV driver have to get his physical to the state after its done.

    We heard its 5 days. Can you please confirm. Thanks

    • says

      Best bet is to get your medical card renewed a few weeks before the old one expires. Then submit your information to your state DLD right away. Then you’ll always be sure you’re okay, rather than play Russian Roulette with your CDL.
      The processing time will differ from state to state depending how busy or backlogged their system is.
      The states also differ on their downgrading rules.
      You’ll have to check with your state drivers license department and even then you may not get a ‘days’ answer to your question.

  4. Project Lead says

    I heard that the state of Indiana requires CDL carriers to get their DOT physicals by a doctor only. They will not accept DOT physicals by nationally certified medical providers who are nurse practitioners, physician assistants or chiropractors as FMCSA allows. Is this true? If so, why does the state of Indiana have these professions on their certification listing for their state?

    • says

      You are correct. In Indiana, professionals in these categories are already certified and listed on the NRCME database.
      I would question the originator of this statement, rather than the state of Indiana.

      They may have received confusing information. It’s true that the state of Michigan does not certify DCs, although they do certify APN, DO, MD, NP, and PA.

      • Debra K. Sexton says

        Your response is incorrect. I am an advanced practice nurse (NP) and have performed over 20,000 DOT physicals in the past 12 years. I am nationally board certified and am totally qualified to do these exams. Better check your facts sir.

  5. Questioner says

    I have had a CDL for nearly 30 years now. I drive a straight truck within the state of Indiana. I take Tramadol for moderate osteoarthritis and have taken it for approximately 10 years. I understand that it’s classification is changing to a narcotic. Will this disqualify my CDL? If so is there a waiver that I can get?

    • says

      As a driver driving intra-state only, I don’t believe you will have any problems. The change is mostly going to affect over the road drivers in 18 wheelers.
      I would just check with your state CDL/DMV and confirm that that is true for your state.

  6. Olson Carriers says

    We have a new driver and I would like to verify that his DOT medical card is valid. Do you have a online site that I can go to and verify this information. We are located in Rosemount Minnesota.
    Thank you,
    Maureen Tangen

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