Tennessee CDL Requirements
Starting on January 30, 2012, all CDL Drivers will be required to self certify to a single type of commercial operation. You are responsible to provide TDOSHS with your self-certification of operating status by January 30, 2014.
Based on that self certification, you may need to provide the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) with a current medical examiner’s certificate and show any variance you may have to obtain or keep your CDL.
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.
You must meet the medical requirements for the State of Tennessee.
If you do not provide TDOSHS with your self-certification and medical certificate by January 30, 2014, TDOSHS will notify you that you are no longer medically certified to operate a CMV in non-excepted Interstate commerce. TDOSHS will then remove all your CDL privileges from your license.
Submit your Self-Certification and Medical Certificate to Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Submit the following two documents:
- SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE – download the form SF-1438 here from Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
- Copy of your valid DOT MEDICAL CARD (the medical card, not the long form). Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.
Tennessee Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security
Commercial Driver License Division – Med Cert
1148 Foster Ave
Nasvhille, TN 37243
If by email please send the scanned copies in a PDF.
For questions please call 615-687-2312. Please have your commercial driver license number readily available.
Keep Your Medical Card Current With Tennessee Department Of Safety
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will be adding your medical certification status and the information on your medical examiner’s certificate to your Commercial Driver’s License System (CDLIS) record. CDL holders required to have a ”certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their medical examiner’s certificate with TDOSHS will become ”not-certified”.
Before your medical card expires you must have a new medical examination and obtain a new medical certificate. You are responsible for providing your valid medical certificate to TDOSHS.
If your medical card expires, TDOSHS will notify you that you are no longer medically certified to operate a CMV in non-excepted Interstate commerce. TDOSHS will then remove all your CDL privileges from your license.
You may submit your new medical certificate by mail, fax, or email, as described above.
Tennessee CDL Medical Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions
Tennessee official website Driver Services, Driver License
Special Information Updates Pertaining To ALL STATES
The 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):
- Your self-certification affidavit declaring which commercial category you drive.
- 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.
Drivers, 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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