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:
317-974-1613

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 Pertaining To ALL STATES

red1 check26The deadline for Commercial Driver Self-Certification is still January 30, 2014.

This is the deadline date for commercial drivers to have filed documents with their State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA):

  1. Your self-certification affidavit declaring which commercial category you drive.
  2. Depending on the category you certify – A copy of your current medical card (and any applicable variance documents).

Drivers who have not completed this requirement by the deadline will be downgraded to non-commercial, Class D privileges only.

red1 check26Drivers, you still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until 2015.

The reason for SDLAs collecting this information is so that it will be stored in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) online database. Once this process is complete, drivers will no longer have to carry a paper copy of their medical card.
SDLAs are behind in setting up this database, and on January 10, 2014, FMCSA pushed the State Agencies reporting deadline to January 30, 2015.

Important Notes For Commercial Drivers:
This does not change your self-certification deadline. You must still get your documents in by January 30, 2014.
You still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until 2015.

 

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Comments

  1. If a drivers DOT physical expires does his self certification or endorsement expire also. And if it does is there a fee for recertification?

  2. 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?

    • 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.

  3. 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?

    • @Questioner
      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.

  4. 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

  5. leales rapp says:

    how long do i have to get a physical in to state after the dead line expires?

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