North Carolina CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

North Carolina CDL Requirements

No later than January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to the North Carolina DMV regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive or expect to drive.

Drivers operating in non-excepted types of commerce will be required to submit a current DOT medical examiner’s certificate to the NC DMV to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record.

If you do not provide NC DMV with your self-certification and if required, your medical examiner’s certificate and any required variance document by January 30, 2014 - NC DMV will notify you that you are no longer medically certified to operate a CMV in non- excepted interstate/non-excepted intrastate commerce. You will have 30 days to respond or your entire NC driving privileges will be cancelled.

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

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

 

Submit your Self-Certification and Medical Certificate to North Carolina DMV

You are required to self-certify to a single type of commercial operation on your driver license. If you self-certify to non-excepted interstate or non-excepted intrastate, you must provide NC DMV with a copy of your current DOT medical examiner’s certificate and any applicable variance document.

Submit the following two documents:

  1. North Carolina Certification for CDL – download the form CDL-5 here from NC DMV.
  2. A copy of your valid DOT medical certificate. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

By Mail:
NC Division of Motor Vehicles
CDL Medical Certification Unit
3126 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-3126

By Fax:
919-861-3915

By Email:
You may scan the documents (PDF) and email the attachments to cdlmedical@ncdot.gov. You should receive a confirmation email.

 

Keep Your Medical Card Current With North Carolina DMV

CDL holders required to have a ”certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their DOT medical examiner’s certificate with the NC DMV will become ”not-certified” and may lose their CDL.

If your medical card or variance expires and you do not provide NC DMV with a new one, the DMV will notify you that you are no longer medically certified to operate a CMV in non- excepted interstate/non-excepted intrastate commerce. You will have 30 days to respond or your entire NC driving privileges will be cancelled.

Before your medical card expires, you must have a new medical examination and obtain a new DOT medical examiner’s certificate.

Submit your renewed valid medical certificate to North Carolina DMV:

By Mail:
NC Division of Motor Vehicles
CDL Medical Certification Unit
3126 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-3126

By Fax:
919-861-3915

 

Other Information:

NCDOT new medical certification requirements guide

Phone: 919-861-3525

 

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. I have faxed and sented a copy of my medcal certification to raleigh. I have called so many times and I never get no one to answer. What I am supposed to do?

  2. major jarman says:

    my son has a CDL set to expire on May 9 2014. he is overseas now but will be home in June 2014. can he get an extension until then. he does not drive a truck over there.he wants to keep his CDL. please send me a reply to this email. Thank You Major Jarman

    • @ Jarman
      If his CDL expires he should get a letter from NC DOT giving him 30 days to respond or his entire NC driving privileges will be cancelled.

      See NC DMV website FAQs for more information.
      Q: How can I get back my CDL privileges?
      A: If the DOT medical examiner’s certificate has expired, you must obtain a new one and provide it to NC DMV. If the variance has expired, you must renew it with FMCSA. NC DMV may require retesting and additional fees to restore your CDL privileges.

  3. martie gaither says:

    my health card expires in march.i wont to keep my cdl but I have not drove a truck in fore years do I need to get a new health card

  4. Sandra Lawrence says:

    I have tried to contact your office multiple times, the line remains busy. I obtained my medical DOT physical in Dec 2013, I mailed the certification on Dec 14. I received a letter stating that the certification form was marked incorrectly. I received a corrected cert. form and faxed it to your office. I recently received a new letter stating that my self-cert. & medical cert. documents have not been received. I have tried to provide you with the necessary documents to be in compliance with the new DOT protocol. At this point, I am not sure what I should do. Can you help?

  5. I am very confused by the 4 different classes: Interstate, Intrastate, Excepted, Non-Excepted. I only drive locally for Durham Co. Government. Do I even need a medical card?

  6. Marshall Eubanks says:

    I have mailed the letter and medical card the first of January and received a letter stating that it had not been received. Called several times and could never get through. I have emailed the letter and medical card twice, still no response. I tried to fax and could never get through. My driver is suppose to drive and he still hasn’t gotten anything back yet, I am in need of some kind of response due to him driving our players to and from games. I can not afford him to loose his CDL or driving privileges cause our players depend on him to drive them to their games. Would appreciate a response.

  7. Harry Glenn Edwards says:

    Is there something wrong with the phone? I have called this number several time (919-861-3599) the line seems to be business all the time.

  8. randy russell says:

    I send it by fax and by mail and still getting letters what is going on

  9. If you want a reply best way send an Email to cdlmedical@ncdot.gov they will get back to you.

  10. i work at charlotte meckleburg school i have a cdl lic i submitted the paper work to the transportation person from cms i to have called that number 9198613599 and never got thur

  11. Victor Wereski says:

    Same here I sent it in 4 times by fax as well as mail.. I just sent it certified over a week ago as well and just recieved letter stating will cancel in April.. Whats the problem.. I keep calling the numbers and it’s like the phone is off the hook.. What can I do now

  12. james e standridge says:

    Cdl medical certification form and copy of cdl license sent receiving letter stating have not rec d and license will be cancelled what must I do

  13. Melvin Morrison says:

    I have already sent in all that was asked of me and I am still receiving letter’s asking for the Self-Certification Forms I received one on the 14 and 16 so please tell me if you have received my information or do I need to send it in again. Time is running out and I can’t afford to loose my CDL or driving privileges I have called over 200 times to the number listed on the papers I received. 919-861-3599 and never got an answer….
    Thank You 980-241-5996

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