Kentucky CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Kentucky CDL Requirements

Kentucky law requires all CDL drivers to have a valid DOT medical card.

While FMCSA only requires medical certification for drivers operating in non‐excepted operations, Kentucky requires all CDL holders to be medically certified (601 KAR 1:005) regardless of category selected.

All Kentucky CDL Holders Must Be Medically Certified
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.

 

Self Certification and Medical Card Submission

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Commercial Driver License Self-Certification, form TC 94-169. Download the form here from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Driver Licensing.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT medical card (Medical card only, not the long form). Provide a legible copy of both front and back of the medical card. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

By Mail:
Division of Driver Licensing
200 Metro St.
Frankfort, KY 40622

By Fax:
(502) 564-3250

By Email:
Scan and email to KYTC.CDL@ky.gov

Note: All CDL holders/applicants will receive written notification when the information has posted to their CDLIS record.

 

Other Information:
Link for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Applying for a CDL

Phone: Administrative Support Section  502-564-1257.

 

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. Joe says

    Why doesn’t KY have the downgrade to intrastate endorsement which does not require a physical card, as other states have done for someone who wants to keep a CDL but doesn’t actively drive commercially?

  2. Elhousseine says

    I send the application with Medical examination card and self certification to the DMV by fax , but I send it two times to them, is that a problem or it’s ok ??

    • says

      @Elhousseine
      Most fax machines let you know if the fax didn’t go through. So if you know that the fax went through successfully, that’s all you should need to do.
      If something is wrong, you’ll most likely receive a letter from DMV letting you know there is a problem with your records.

  3. Sandra Moak says

    What is the length of time a CDL driver must remain off work after a syncope incident (whie driving)? Thanks!

    • says

      @Sandra
      There is no specific wait time.
      The issue will be, “What caused the syncope, and has it been resolved?” Once the underlying condition is diagnosed and treated, and treatment has been shown to be adequate/effective, safe, and stable, by your treating physician, then you can go back to driving.
      Be aware that your medical card will be good for one year due to the episode.

  4. Kelly Campbell says

    I have had Remitting/Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years. Will I be eligible to apply for a CDL?? I only have a slight balance issue when I walk? Kelly

  5. David Reed says

    My employer has informed me that we no longer are required to have a valid med card to operate a vehicle licensed for under 26,000 pounds. Is this correct? I currently hold a cdl but do not intend to renew it, as at my age I doubt I will ever drive a big rig again. If I do not renew my med card will I still be able to drive a non cdl vehicle or do I need to get my license changed. My current med card expires in late Feb. thanks for your concern and reply.

    • says

      @David
      Not real sure this is correct, each state may be different.
      Example: In Utah, if you are driving a vehicle in excess of 10,001 pounds, you’d better have a medical certificate.
      So I would check with your local Driver Licensing office and confirm your employer’s comment.

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