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South Dakota CDL Requirements
- Effective July 1, 2011, all drivers issued a CDL must self-certify as to whether or not they are subject to the physical requirements. If they are subject to them, the driver must maintain a valid medical examiner’s certificate on file with the Driver Licensing Program.
- Effective January 1, 2014, all existing CDL holders issued a CDL prior to July 1, 2011 will be required to self-certify as to whether or not they are subject to the physical requirements. If they are subject to them, the driver must submit a valid medical examiner’s certificate to the Driver Licensing Program and must maintain a valid medical examiner’s certificate from that point forward.
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.
You are subject to state driver qualification requirements. You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements if you drive a school bus.
Submit Your CDL Self-Certification Affidavit and Medical Certificate to South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Submit the following two documents:
- Commercial Driver Licensee Medical Self-Certification Affidavit – download the form here from South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
- Copy of your valid DOT medical card. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.
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Pierre, SD 57501
Keep Your Medical Certificate Current With South Dakota Driver Licensing Program
CDL drivers are required to submit a copy of their medical examiner’s certificate to the Driver Licensing Program each time a medical examiner’s certificate is issued.
Drivers will be notified by mail 60 days prior to their medical examiner’s certificate expiration date. This will allow you ample time to submit a valid medical certificate. You must send a copy of your new medical examiner’s certificate (medical card, not the long form) to the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program before your current certificate expires.
Send the copy (enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible) by mail, fax, or email as described above.
If you do not send in a new medical examiner’s certificate prior to the expiration date of your medical examiner’s certificate, your CDL will be downgraded 60 days from the medical examiner’s certificate expiration date.
South Dakota DPS – Commercial Driver’s License Info
Special Information Updates Pertaining To ALL STATES
MEDICAL EXAMINERS MUST CONTINUE TO ISSUE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES TO ALL DRIVERS
The FMCSA has requested that all medical examiners continue providing drivers with a paper copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate – Form MCSA-5876, 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.
Until that system is completed, which compliance date according FMCSA is June 23, 2025, medical examiners must continue to issue paper copies of the medical certificates to drivers who pass the medical exam.
ALL DRIVERS MUST CONTINUE TO CARRY A PAPER COPY OF THEIR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
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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