Indiana CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

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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.

  • Non-Excepted Interstate 
    You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate 
    You must meet the Indiana state medical certificate requirements and endorsements.


CDL Self-Certification

The self-certification 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.

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, option number one (1).


Medical Certificate Renewal

To keep your CDL valid, you are required to keep a valid medical card on file with Indiana BMV. Submit the completed Medical Examination Form (long form) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate:

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.

If you have questions regarding your medical examination and medical examiner’s certificate or want to know the status of your medical examination and medical examiner’s certificate, you may:

  • Go online to myBMV and view your Driver Record using your myBMV account, or
  • Contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 888-692-6841, option number one (1). These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Other Indiana BMV Information:
Indiana CDL Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions
Indiana Commercial Drivers License

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. Ronald Orr says

    I was told by my doctor today because my BP was 144/80 I would get a three month card, but because it expires after December 22 I would have to have a whole new physical..

  2. meagan says

    I work for a doctor and we have many CDL licensed patients. Most are on suboxone, but for pain management and not opioid dependence. Can they be on suboxone even though its considered a controlled substance?

    • says

      You need to have the doctor explain the need and usage of this medication and how long they have been using suboxone. Have there been any ill effects or side effects on the driver? Then if the CME feels that the risk is extremely low or non existent, then he may issue a one year medical card. The driver will test positive on his DOT drug screens and will need to explain to the MRO what drugs he is taking and have a written prescription from the prescribing doctor to confirm the facts.

  3. Jay says

    What about the medication Gabapentin, is a driver permitted to use this medication and continue to drive and pass DOT?

  4. Jay says

    Can a driver be certified to drive interstate and pass DOT physical while being prescribed and taking adderall?

    • says

      It all depends on why you are taking this medication. It has effects that could impair your ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle. So there are going to be lots of questions about its usage. A medical release will be required from your prescribing doctor.

  5. Kim Rice says

    My husband recently went in for his DOT physical. He is a type 2 diabetic and controls it with medication. He did not pass his physical because of quite a bit of sugar in his urine. According to his PCP one of his medications (farxiga) is the cause and the medication is doing what it is supposed to do. The doctor granted him a 3 month extension (his blood pressure was also high) and asked him to get blood work done because of his sugar. The doctor also stated he needed to see what his A1C was. Is it possible for him to get another extension and why does the doctor need to know what his A1C is?

    • says

      With the new medications that are being used with the treatment of diabetes, we have no way to confirm or deny that the sugar is under control without a recent A1C. That’s why the CME is requesting one. As far as another extension, you’ll need to check with the original CME on that.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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